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Court Rules Facebook "Likes" are Free Speech

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON Tenn.- A U.S. Court ruled that what users "like" on their Facebook page is protected by freedom of speech.

The case came about when employees at a Virginia sheriff's office lost their boss' opponent's Facebook page.

"I agree that it shouldn't matter," Facebook user Natalie Long said. "They shouldn't even look at it."

Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union became involved both filed friend of the court briefs for the case.

Casey Coatney at Goodwill Career Solutions said employees should still be aware of what they put online.

"When you put it out there it's out there, it's out there," said Coatney.

This new decision reverses a previous decision made by another court that says "likes" are just button pushes.
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