Washington (DC) – In 1998, a law was unanimously passed in Congress. However, it never became active because its constitutionality was challenged in court. The Child Online Protection Act was designed to keep websites from making “harmful content” available to minors. In litigation since passage, the U.S. Supreme Court finally killed the bill yesterday by refusing to give it a hearing – allowing the lower court’s ruling against it to stand.
A federal appellate court in Philadelphia had previously ruled that the law violated the First Amendment by saying “filtering technologies and other parental control tools are a less restrictive way to protect children from inappropriate content online.
The Bush administration had fought hard to have the law take effect, according to the report. The American Civil Liberties Union had been challenging the law “on behalf of writers, artists and health educators.”
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