RICHMOND, Va. —
A federal appeals court says clicking “Like” on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Wednesday that liking a political candidate’s campaign page is the Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in your front yard.
Exactly what a “like” means — if anything — played a part in a case in Virginia involving six people who say Hampton Sheriff B.J. Roberts fired them for supporting an opponent in his 2009 re-election bid.
One of the workers ‘liked’ the Facebook page of Roberts’ opponent.
The appeals court reversed a lower court ruling that said merely ‘liking’ a Facebook page was insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.
Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union had both filed friend of the court briefs.