The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finds that “Liking” something on Facebook is protected First Amendment speech. In this case a former deputy sheriff alleges that he was fired for “liking” the Facebook page of his boss' opponent in the election for city sheriff. The court stated that "Liking" the campaign was the “Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one’s front yard, which the Supreme Court has held is substantive speech.” “On the most basic level, clicking on the ‘like’ button literally causes to be published the statement that the User ‘likes’ something, which is itself a substantive statement.”
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