Clicking the “like” button on Facebook is tantamount to other forms of protected speech, a federal court decided on Wednesday. That is clicking the “like” button is protected by the First Amendment as a form of assembly or association.
According to Bloomberg “The U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, issued its ruling today in a lawsuit brought by former employees of a sheriff’s office who said they lost their jobs because they supported their boss’s opponent, partly by endorsing a campaign page on Facebook.
“The appeals court reversed a lower-court judge who said that simply clicking the ‘Like’ button on a Facebook page didn’t amount to “a substantive statement” that warrants constitutional protection.”
U.S. Circuit Judge William Traxler compared liking something on Facebook to displaying a political sign on your front yard, which the Supreme Court has found to be “substantive speech.”