The introduction to the below video says:
“Attorney David Allen discusses a case which is headed to the US Supreme Court. He provides insight to the various arguments as to why a sex offender should be prevented from using social media as well as those arguments in favor of allowing the predator to use social media. The US federal court system is dealing with these cases in various ways.”
Taking interest in this, I looked to see what is happening in Illinois. In October 2016, the highest court in the State of Illinois upheld a law that requires sex offenders to disclose information about their internet identities and websites.
In a unanimous decision authored by Justice Charles E. Freeman, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a provision of the Sex Offender Registration Act survived First Amendment scrutiny because it bolsters the government’s interest in protecting the public without restricting more speech than necessary.
In an 18-page opinion, the court discussed a handful of federal district courts who have found similar statutes unconstitutional and wrote that although sex offender laws can have “a lasting and painful effect” on those they regulate, those consequences stem from the convictions rather than forced disclosure of their personal information.