Case considers whether Facebook “likes” are protected by the First Amendment

Sheriff’s deputy was fired for “liking” his boss’s political opponent

Is a Facebook “like” considered free speech? One Virginia sheriff’s deputy who lost his job over one certainly thinks so.

Hampton, Va. Sheriff B.J. Roberts fired six of his employees for supporting his political rival during a 2009 election, including Daniel Ray Carter Jr., who gave his internet thumbs-up to the Facebook page “Jim Adams for Hampton Sheriff.”

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