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Barring social media web sites to sex offenders ruled unconstitutional

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An Indiana law barring registered sex offenders from using social networking sites like Facebook is ruled unconstitutional.

The law bans sex offenders from using sites with access to children under 18.

A federal appeals court ruled the law is too broad and prohibits substantial protected speech.

The judge says in order to stand, the law would need to be more specific.

Elizabeth Scribner a Facebook user says she thinks anyone should be able to use social networking sites.

"I definitely think it should be considered that they shouldn't have a Facebook but Facebook is for everybody, like the free world, I guess this is America."

Scribner says being safe on social networking is as simple as changing your privacy settings.

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