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Is liking something on Facebook a form of protected expression akin to putting a bumper sticker on your car? The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals said, yes, it is. The ruling comes in response to a sheriff who sacked a deputy for liking the Facebook page of his political rival. A lower court last year agreed with the sheriff that the speech was “insignificant” and didn’t qualify for First Amendment protection. Facebook and the ACLU disagreed and weighed in on behalf of the deputy. (More background on the case and symbolic speech here.)



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  1. Angry about click bait Thursday, September 19, 2013

    What a frickin’ waste of a story. No background, no context.

    If you’re not going to write anything, at least have the decency to let your email link directly to the real story, instead of inserting this useless click bait in the middle before we can actually read what this story is about.

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