Facebook “Like” Ruling Appealed

August 14th, 2012 by JBWK

After generating nationwide debate over the First Amendment implications of a Newport News Federal District Court’s ruling that an employee “liking” a Facebook post is not protected speech, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will now hear the issue.

A few months back, the federal judge ruled that employees fired after “liking” a Facebook post had no First Amendment-based remedy. Now the Fourth Circuit will decide whether that was correct.

In addition to the parties, Facebook itself has filed a brief urging the Richmond-based appeals court to overturn the decision.

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