4th Circuit hears appeal claiming Facebook “likes” are free speech

A district court ruled last year that likes do not merit constitutional protection

The 4th Circuit is hearing arguments today in the appeal of a case that is set to determine whether a Facebook “like” can be considered free speech.

The like in question came from Daniel Carter, a deputy in Hampton, Va. Sheriff B.J. Roberts’s office. He gave his digital thumbs-up to the “Jim Adams for Hampton Sheriff” page, essentially endorsing his boss’s rival. Roberts fired him.

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