United States Supreme Court Holds Communications Decency Act Unconstitutional

In ACLU v. Reno, the Supreme Court determined that the Communications Decency Act (CDA) abridges the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment. The Court praised the legitimacy and importance of the congressional goal of protecting children from harmful materials, but struck down the statute as being unconstitutional. This decision was revolutionary since this ruling following the other similar rulings involving censorship on the Internet.

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