The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that the act of "liking" a Facebook page carries constitutional protection. The appeals court on September 18 revived claims against a Virginia sheriff who didn't reappoint a group of employees who supported a rival candidate for office. "On the most basic level, clicking on the 'like' button literally causes to be published the statement that the user 'likes' something, which is itself a substantive statement," Chief Judge William Traxler Jr. wrote. That made it "pure speech" and "symbolic expression."
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