Facebook’s Like button is protected by the US constitution

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  • Posted: September 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Using Facebook’s Like button is equivalent to exercising free speech, rules US court of Appeal on a case by Virginia’s Sherif’s department employees who were fired for liking Facebook pages. One of those workers, Daniel Ray Carter, had ‘liked’ the Facebook page of Roberts’ opponent, Jim Adams. The Appeal’s court ruling effectively overturns a ruling by a lower court that had argued that clicking the ‘like’ button does not amount to expressive speech. In their ruling, the three Appeal Judges argued that “liking a political candidate’s campaign page communicates the user’s approval of the candidate and supports the campaign by associating the user with it.”

The question that should be asked is, if a person decides to like pages by candidates that they do not support with intention of getting information from such candidates, do they still communicate approval to those candidates?

What is your opinion on the topic?
Odipo Riaga
Managing Editor at KachTech Analytics Ltd
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