Facebook Says 1st Amendment Gives Users Freedom Of 'Like'

Law360, New York (August 7, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT) -- Facebook told the Fourth Circuit on Monday that clicking the social networking service’s now iconic "Like" button on a page is speech protected by the First Amendment, backing a deputy sheriff in Virginia who claimed he was fired for ‘Liking’ the campaign page of the elected sheriff’s challenger.

Facebook argued in an amicus brief that a lower court erred in siding with Sheriff B.J. Roberts, the elected sheriff of Hampton, Va., who fired deputy sheriff Daniel Ray Carter Jr. after he had liked his contender’s Facebook...
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