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Feb 16, 2012 5:59 PM by AP

Judge throws out Facebook ban on sex offenders

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out a Louisiana law that bans certain sex offenders from Facebook and other social networking sites.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled Thursday that the prohibition - which took effect in August - was too broad and infringed on constitutionally protected speech.

Lawmakers, backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, said the ban was designed to keep sex offenders from preying on children in online forums.

The law made it a crime for anyone convicted of a sex offense against a minor or of video voyeurism to use networking websites, chat rooms and peer-to-peer networks.

The ACLU of Louisiana argued the law violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It sued on behalf of two sex offenders identified as John Doe and James Doe.

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