Facebook "liking" ruled free speech

Published 09/19 2013 03:36PM

Updated 09/20 2013 10:05AM

NATIONAL -- A U.S. court ruled "likes" on Facebook are protected as free speech under the constitution. The case came to light when employees at a sheriff's office in Hampton, VA, lost their jobs after expressing support for the boss' opponent by "liking" the opponent's Facebook page.

Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union became involved, both filing "friend of the court" briefs for the case. The decision reverses an earlier ruling which stated "likes" were just button presses.

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