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Facebook "likes" aren't speech protected by the First Amendment, rules judge

This post references a case decided by the US District Court of Eastern Virginia, Bland v. Roberts, 2012 Bland and his cohorts worked in the Hampton Sheriff’s Office, under B.J. Roberts. Roberts ran for re-election against Jim Adams, and the plaintiffs were lukewarm in their support of Roberts. In fact, three of the plaintiffs went so far as to "like" Adams' Facebook page.
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Is a Facebook “Like” Not “Substantive” Enough to “Warrant[] Constitutional Protection”?

Industries / Law : The Volokh Conspiracy (3 years ago)

(Eugene Volokh) So holds Bland v. Roberts (E.D. Va. Apr. 24, 2012). Plaintiffs were fired from the Hampton, Virginia Sheriff’s Office, and they claim that this was because they backed the Sheriff’s opponent in an election, Jim Adams... Read Post

Judge: Facebook 'Likes' Not Speech

US Politics / Liberal : Drudge Retort Weblog (3 years ago)

A U.S. District Court in Virginia has ruled that Facebook "likes" -- a user's click to express that he or she approves of something -- is not a speech protected under the First Amendment. Two sheriff's office workers were fired in H... Read Post

Facebook "likes" aren't speech protected by the First Amendment-Bland v. Roberts

Technology / Technology Industry News : Ars Technica (3 years ago)

Bland and his cohorts worked in the Hampton Sheriff’s Office, under B.J. Roberts. Roberts ran for re-election against Jim Adams, and the plaintiffs were lukewarm in their support of Roberts. In fact, three of the plaintiffs went so ... Read Post


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