Deb Dyar replied to the topic Is “Liking” on Facebook protected free speech? in the forum Communications, Citizen Engagement, Customer Service 7 years, 5 months ago
David. Yes. Clicking the “Like” button is protected free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. When I “Like” something on Facebook, I do it with intention. I like Meet the Press and I like the Rolling Stones. I don’t have to write a dissertation on why I like the Rolling Stones, but those who follow me on Facebook know I do because they see it in my Facebook feed. It tells people about my interests and opionion on certain matters. It is no different than shouting it during a presidential campaign stop (I’m from Iowa, a presidential battleground state), writing a letter to the editor or commenting in spaces like GovLoop.
Although seemingly a benign action, “Liking” on Facebook constitutes an individual’s expression of support for anything from a favorite sports team, organization or coffee bar.
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