Protected-speech case focuses on Facebook's "Like" feature

05/16/2013 | Bloomberg

A federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., will today hear a case that could determine whether Facebook "likes" count as protected speech. The case focuses on a Virginia jailer who was fired after "liking" the Facebook page of his boss' election opponent. "If the decision is allowed to stand, that would be very important in a negative sense," said Gregg Leslie, lawyer for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. "When you say you like something just by clicking on it, it's no different than saying 'I agree with this position.' It's impossible to believe the 4th Circuit won't say that's expression."

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