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Does using filters to block parts of the Internet violate the First Amendment?

Not if parents install the filters at home, because in that case the government is not involved. Constitutional violations require state action or governmental involvement. The question becomes whether public schools or public libraries violate the First Amendment when they install blocking software on computers accessible by the public. In June 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. American Library Ass’n, Inc. that mandatory filtering in public libraries does not violate the First Amendment. The Court’s decision overturned a lower court ruling that such filtering was unconstitutional.

Internet filters give librarians control in order to protect children from harmful material. What’s the objection?
Who is affected by the U.S. v. ALA ruling?
Can’t patrons ask librarians to override filters when mistakes are made?
After U.S. v. ALA, are there any other legal options?
How much influence do private companies have over access?
Did the Supreme Court decide that there can be no book censorship in public school libraries?
How does the Patriot Act involve the First Amendment?
Have there been measures in Congress that would limit the Patriot Act?
If a public library allows groups to meet in its building, must it allow groups like the Ku Klux Klan? Can it set guidelines?
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