Court “likes” your free speech

like-button-FB-styleAn Appeals Court in the US has stated that “liking” a political party or candidate on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech. It is great news that the law is moving with the times to protect free speech and political expression online. We now no longer just use our homes or cars as ways to advertise our political beliefs by pasting up posters and stickers of our favourite candidate. Facebook has now become the new virtual billboard from which we project our beliefs and thoughts to the world. As Chief Judge William Traxler noted in his ruling:

Liking a political candidate’s campaign page communicates the user’s approval of the candidate and supports the campaign by associating the user with it…It is the Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one’s front yard, which the Supreme Court has held is substantive speech.

This is a story that is sure to get its fair share of “likes.”


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