A law that prevents sex offenders from using sites like Facebook and Twitter has been declared unconstitutional. But on Tuesday night Eyewitness News found out what North Carolina Law Enforcement is doing to fight the new ruling to keep kids safe.
When children log onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, the last thing that parents want is that child communicating with a sex offender.
But on Tuesday night, a law banning sex offenders from using social media sites that allow minors was ruled unconstitutional by the North Carolina court of appeals.
The court looked at a case of an offender on Facebook convicted of a felony and decided the law was too vague and violated the free speech of sex offenders.
Many Eyewitness News talked to in Uptown disagreed.
"Your rights end where another person's rights start, right? I think that protecting children probably should take precedent over that," said one man.
Some told Eyewitness News sex offenders should have all their rights taken away.
"I believe that it's kind of hard to keep someone from going to a website that's public," one said.
On Tuesday night, Attorney General Roy Cooper told Eyewitness News his office will petition the state supreme court to hear the case.
"There are laws for soliciting children online, and these predators should be convicted to the fullest extent of the law. But that's after the fact. That's after they have solicited the child. This law works to put a preventive barrier, to prevent that sex offender from going online to start with," said Cooper.
He said if his appeal fails, there is still hope for children to be safe on websites like Facebook.
He will go back to the legislature to see if they can craft a new sex offender social-media law that will withstand a legal challenge.