A "Like" on Facebook Is Constitutionally Protected Speech
Posted: September 19, 2013 by Emily Brown
The next time you hit the "Like" button on Facebook, keep in mind that it's a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, according to a latest federal appeals court ruling. In plain English, liking something on Facebook and saying you like something on Facebook is the same thing.
On Wednesday, 18 September 2013, the US Court of Appeals based in Richmond, Virginia, reached the judgment in a case closely watched by employment lawyers. The case about a Virginia sheriff's department worker who claimed he was fired for "liking" a political opponent of his boss (read – for exercising his free speech rights), was probably a good enough reason for the Facebook Like to be considered free speech.
This means that from now on employers cannot legally fire their employees for expressing opinions on the social network. Just as, generally, it is against the law to sack employees for their political opinions.
The decision was saluted by the American Civil Liberties Union and Facebook, both filing legal briefs supporting the view that the "Like" button is protected speech.
Maybe it's little bizarre when you think about it, but what about the "Share" button?