NLRB Might 'Like' 4th Circ. Facebook Ruling, Attys Say

Law360, New York (September 18, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit's decision Wednesday that Facebook "likes" are a form of speech covered by the First Amendment confirms that constitutional protections apply to the social media arena and may foreshadow a decision by the National Labor Relations Board that workers' "likes" can be protected under federal labor law, lawyers say.

The appeals court's conclusion that former sheriff's deputy Daniel Carter's "like" of a candidate challenging the incumbent for a sheriff post in Virginia was protected by the First Amendment came as no great surprise to attorneys following the case and showed that courts will treat social media communications the same as more...

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