Facebook "Likes" Protected As Free Speech

3:39 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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It could be a recipe, a news story, a comment from a friend: But whatever it may be, it's easy enough to "Like" it on Facebook.

Now your Facebook "likes" are protected as free speech after a U.S. court ruling. That's after a group of workers at the Hampton Sheriff's Office in Virginia lost their jobs for supporting their boss' opponent by liking the opponent's Facebook page.

Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union filed friend of the court briefs for the case.

The ruling reversed an earlier one that said "likes" were just button presses. Now it's protected as Free Speech under the Constitution.

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