ACLU Loses Challenge to Indiana's Sex Offender Social Media Law

In a victory over odd men in raincoats, a federal judge has upheld Indiana's 2008 law barring convicted sex offenders from using Facebook, MySpace, and other social media.  A class-action suit had been filed against the statute by the American Civil Liberties Union's Indiana chapter, which immediately threatened to appeal. "Social networking, chat rooms, and instant messaging programs have effectively created a 'virtual playground' for sexual predators to lurk," wrote U.S. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt in her 18-page June 22 ruling in Doe v. Marion County Prosecutor. "Though the law doesn't list which Web sites are banned, court filings have indicated that the law covers Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google+, chat rooms and instant-messaging services," the ruling states.  "Earlier filings indicated that LinkedIn was also covered by the ban, but Pratt's ruling said it wasn't because children under 18 can't sign up for it," the AP reported. The judge agreed with the plaintiff, a...(Read Full Article)

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