McKenna on KIRO: Can sex offenders be barred from Facebook?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case out of North Carolina, where a registered sex offender was caught using Facebook. North Carolina bars sex offenders from using social media sites that children can join, a law that some are challenging as too sweeping. The case landed before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

Dave Ross: “So because he was a registered sex offender and posted something, even having nothing to do with sex, on Facebook, that constitutes a felony?”

Rob McKenna: “Back in the early 2000s, there was a lot of concern that sex predators, sex offenders, were stalking children online. And so this law was adopted in 2008.

“The problem is, social media has grown exponentially since 2008. It has also changed a lot, and the law is probably overbroad and certainly out-of-date.”

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