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Social media restrictions on sex offenders

Social media can play a big role in an individual’s life. And this isn’t just limited to their personal life, but can extend to their professional life. A person’s social media presence can play a big role in them crafting their professional image. Also, some jobs might require a person to use social media.

So, restrictions on social media use could impact a person in a range of different ways. One thing that could lead to a person facing such restrictions is being convicted of a sex crime.

Some states prohibit registered sex offenders from using social media. Wisconsin has a partial ban in place. In the state, registered sex offenders generally cannot use social media; however, an exception is carved out for individuals who have jobs that require being on social media. Also, sex offenders in the state are required to inform authorities of their user names.

As this illustrates, being required to register as a sex offender can have all manner of ramifications for an individual in Wisconsin. There are many different types of crimes that trigger a sex offender registration requirement in the state. When facing allegations of such crimes, having a clear understanding of their options and rights in their case can be critical for an individual.

Social media use restrictions on sex offenders are at the center of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case. While the case involves a North Carolina policy, what happens in it could have ramifications in other states, including Wisconsin.

The case involves a North Carolina man who was banned by that state from using social media due to being classified as a sex offender. The man is challenging the validity of this ban.

The Supreme Court’s eventual decision in this case could touch on the constitutionality of such restrictions. If it does, it could impact the validity of sex offender social media restrictions in other states, like those here in Wisconsin. So, what the Supreme Court ends up doing In this case is something that could be worth keeping a close eye on.

Source: weareGreenBay, “Supreme Court case could affect WI sex offenders' social media use,” Alexandra Burnley, Feb. 27, 2017

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