Facebook "liking" ruled free speech

Facebook "liking" ruled free speech

NATIONAL -- A U.S. court ruled "likes" on Facebook are protected as free speech under the constitution.
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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