Clicking like on someone’s status update, a blog article, or in this case, a Facebook campaign page seems innocuous enough right? So innocuous in fact, it wasn’t considered “sufficient speech to garner First Amendment protection” in the recent Bland v. Roberts trial. The problem I have with this concept is the inherent ambiguity of clicking like. For instance, clicking like on a status update my friend makes on Facebook doesn’t tell you whether I like the article she posted or whether I like the opposing comment she made about the article. In the Bland v. Roberts trial, employees suspected they were fired for liking the opposing political candidate’s campaign page. However, in Facebook, liking is the only way to subscribe to a page’s status feed…and who could blame you for following the opponent’s goings on?
What’s not to “like” about free speech?
By Queenie Chow | Published: June 19, 2012
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