Liking = Protected Speech

likeAccording to a court decision made last week, clicking “like” on a Facebook post or page is now considered to be free speech protected by the First Amendment.  This ruling by Judge Traxler of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA overturns the earlier ruling, and has significant implications for employment (the matter at hand in this case) and beyond.

So What?

The online world has grown and evolved at a rapid rate.  Laws developed before the internet expansion often do not adequately address that which has been made possible by online innovation.

  • Had it ever crossed your mind that “liking” something on Facebook might not be construed as free speech?
  • In what areas are your church’s policies and procedures inadequate to address life in an increasingly digital age?

 

 

 

 

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