This week the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Bland v. Roberts overruled a federal district court and determined that a Facebook “Like” is speech protected by the First Amendment. Previously, the district court had determined that clicking the “Like” was “insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.” However, the 4th Circuit determined that “Liking” a political candidate’s campaign page was “the Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one’s front yard, which the Supreme Court has held is substantive speech.”
This case arose from a corrections officer (Daniel Carter) who lost his job after the local sheriff (B.J. Roberts) in Hampton, Virginia was reelected. Carter supported Roberts’ opponent and “liked” his Facebook page.
For more on this case go here.