Struggling to find a balance between protecting children from online smut and preserving free speech, the Supreme Court on Nov. 28 questioned whether a sweeping national standard could rule the unruly internet.

There can be no objective nationwide standard to judge what is damaging for youngsters but might have artistic, educational, or other value for adults, said American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Ann Beeson.

"A national standard would be an exercise in futility," she said.

The court is expected to rule next

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