Facebook’s ‘like’ button in court over free-speech argument

“Simply liking a Facebook page is insufficient. … It is not the kind of substantive statement that has previously warranted constitutional protection,” Jackson wrote.

{mosads}The claimants appealed the case to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Facebook and the ACLU got involved.

Facebook filed an amicus brief supporting the fired employees, arguing that Jackson’s decision ignored settled case law and demonstrated “a misunderstanding of the nature of the communication at issue.”

The ACLU also filed an amicus brief on Monday, stating that “an individual who uses the ‘Like’ button is making a substantive statement. This is especially the case when a user ‘Likes’ a political candidate, as that is a clear sign of support for that candidate.”

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