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May 6, 2012 12:28 PM Subscribe
Is liking a post on Facebook protected by the First Amendment?
A US District Court says no
The ruling came about through a wrongful termination case in Virginia, where six people say a sheriff fired them for supporting an opponent in 2009 during his re-election bid. The workers liked the opponent's Facebook page. The workers sued, saying they'd had their First Amendment rights violated.
Even though other cases
have held that writing on Facebook is a form of protected speech, this ruling holds that pushing the like button does not involve words, so it is not covered by this earlier precedent.