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Facebook Sides With Deputy Sheriff Fired For ‘Liking’ A Facebook Page

By Rebecca Leber  

"Facebook Sides With Deputy Sheriff Fired For ‘Liking’ A Facebook Page"

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Earlier this year, a Virginia federal judge ruled that “liking” a page on Facebook is not protected speech under the First Amendment. The judge ruled that Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ray Carter was not wrongfully fired for “liking” the Facebook campaign page of his boss’ opponent. Facebook is now supporting Carter’s appeal, arguing that expression on Facebook is the “21st-century equivalent of a front-yard campaign sign.” It is well established that actions intended to convey a message, such as wearing an arm band or burning a flag, are protected by the First Amendment.

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