U.S. Supreme Court to hear sex offender social media ban case

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By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took up a case testing free speech rights in the digital age, agreeing to decide whether a North Carolina law banning convicted sex offenders from Facebook and other social media sites runs afoul of the Constitution. The justices agreed to hear sex offender Lester Packingham's appeal of his conviction for violating the state law in 2010 when he posted a message on Facebook expressing his surprise at a traffic citation being dismissed.

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