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US court declares Facebook `Like` `free speech` under constitution

Last Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 12:44

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.


First Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 11:54

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