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Court: Sex offender Facebook ban unconstitutional

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites that can be accessed by children is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago overturned a federal judge’s decision upholding the law, saying the state was justified in trying to protect children but that the ‘‘blanket ban’’ went too far by restricting free speech.

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