And Your Case of the Week – Is Clicking “Like” on Facebook Protected Speech by First Amendment?

It could be according to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. A sheriff’s deputy supported the Sheriff’s opponent and “liked” the Facebook page of his opponent. Of course, the sheriff won re-election and the deputy who supported his opponent was terminated. The Court ruled that “liking” a candidate on the internet is the internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one’s front yard which the Supreme Court has ruled is protected speech.

See Bland v. Roberts at


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