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Facebook "likes" aren't speech protected by the First Amendment

ars technica :: Bobby Bland and his cohorts worked in the Hampton Sheriff’s Office, under B.J. Roberts. Roberts ran for re-election against Jim Adams, and the plaintiffs were lukewarm in their support of Roberts. In fact, three of the plaintiffs went so far as to "like" Adams' Facebook page. Roberts won the election, and he decided to not retain the plaintiffs. He justified the terminations on cost-cutting and budgeting grounds, but plaintiffs argued that their termination violated their First Amendment rights.

Bland v. Roberts, 4-11cv45 (E.D. Va.; Apr. 24, 2012)

HT: Jeff Jarvis, here referring to a post by Lauren Weinstein (link in the tweet) on Google+:

Court says Facebook Like's are not protected speech. plus.google.com/u/0/1147530286…

— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) April 29, 2012

Continue to read Venkat Balasubramani with comments from Eric Goldman, arstechnica.com

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