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Facebook Likes the First Amendment

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The Facebook “Like” button and the first amendment have been in the news recently. Could your job be at stake if you “like” something that your employer disagrees with? Facebook and the ACLU have recently filed an appeal to a 2009 court decision that upheld an employer’s right to terminate an employee based on what they “liked” on Facebook.

“The Supreme Court has made clear that the First Amendment protects everyone’s right to express their thoughts and opinions in whatever form they choose to do so, whether it’s speaking on a street corner, holding up a sign, or pressing a button on Facebook to say that you ‘Like’ something,” said ACLU attorney Aden Fine.

Although the 2009 case is unlikely to be overturned because there were other reasons listed for terminating the employee in question. It is likely, in my opinion, that a hypothetical similar case where an employee was released simply because they “liked” something would be overturned due to the first amendment protection of free speech. So feel free to “like” whatever you please icon smile Facebook Likes the First Amendment .

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