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Watching Internet Porn at NYC Libraries Is Legal, Thanks to First Amendment

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The ongoing debate over free speech just got a whole lot weirder.

According to the NY Post, library officials in New York claim that adults who want to browse Internet porn at their local branches are actually free to do so. In fact, it’s protected under a person’s First Amendment rights — assuming, of course, that the adult content is legal.

“Customers can watch whatever they want on the computer,” said Brooklyn Public Library spokeswoman Malika Granville.

The article goes on to explain that, under U.S. Law, “all libraries that take federal funding only must install filters on publicly used computers to block content containing illegal obscenity and child pornography, and New York City officials say they comply to the letter.”

However, the filters can only do so much, as “anyone 17 or older can turn them off,” according to the report.

“In deference to the First Amendment protecting freedom of speech, the New York Public Library cannot prevent adult patrons from accessing adult content that is legal,” said New York Public Library spokeswoman Angela Montefinise.

[NY Post]

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