Johannesburg: A federal court in the US has reportedly declared that hitting the Facebook ` Like` button is protected free speech under the country`s constitution.
The ruling comes amidst a case in which a sheriff`s deputy, Daniel Ray Carter Jr had claimed that he was fired for `liking` the campaign page of his boss` opponent.
According to News24, a lower court had ruled against deputy, saying that `liking` didn`t rise to the level of protected speech, however, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed.
The three-judge panel announced that `liking` is the internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one`s front yard, which the Supreme Court has held is substantive speech.
The report added that Facebook users register more than 3 billion likes and other comments every day and the social media giant has filed a friend of the court brief in the case.