The U.S. Constitution Now protects your Facebook ‘LIKE’
Clicking “Like” on a Facebook post or page is now a form of speech protected by the
U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, according to an opinion issued on Wednesday
by a federal appeals court.
The decision to consider a Facebook ‘Like’ as protected speech may affect how
courts apply freedom of speech rules to users’ online activities.
Judge, William Traxler, who authored the opinion, says that liking a political
candidate on Facebook is the Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in
ones front yard.
Several people are fighting for their jobs back after being fired for ‘Liking’ their
sheriffs’ opponent in the sheriff elections. Facebook, the fired employees and the
Civil Liberties Union, argued that a Facebook Like must be considered free speech,
meaning that an employer cannot legally fire their employees for expressing their
opinion on social networks.
Do you agree with this decision? Should the First Amendment Protect FB Likes?