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Clicking ‘Like’ on Facebook Is Not Protected Speech, Judge Rules
|Contributor||Homegrown Democrat |
|Last Edited||Homegrown Democrat May 06, 2012 01:38am|
|Media||Newspaper - New York Times|
|News Date||Saturday, May 5, 2012 07:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The “like” button on Facebook seems a relatively clear way to express your support for something, but a federal judge says that does not mean clicking it is constitutionally protected speech. |
Exactly what a “like” means — if anything — played a part in a case in Virginia involving six people who say Sheriff B. J. Roberts of Hampton fired them for supporting an opponent in his 2009 re-election bid, which he won. The workers sued, saying their First Amendment rights were violated.
Sheriff Roberts said some of the workers were let go because he wanted to replace them with sworn deputies while others were dismissed because of poor performance or his belief that their actions “hindered the harmony and efficiency of the office.”
One of those workers, Daniel Ray Carter, had “liked” the Facebook page of Sheriff Roberts’s opponent, Jim Adams.