You’ve heard it before: Be careful when posting on social media, it could get you fired. But did you ever think you could lose your job by simply clicking the harmless “like” button on Facebook?
Well, apparently you can.
A district court judge in Virginia recently concluded “liking” something on Facebook is not considered free speech, and therefore it does not warrant constitutional protection.
The New York Times reported in 2009 an employee of a local sheriff’s office in Virginia was fired after “liking” the Facebook page of the sheriff’s political opponent.
Naturally, the ex-employee took the matter to court for wrongful termination.
After all, he was just expressing himself, right?
Not according to this judge, who argued the act of “liking” a Facebook page is technically not free speech since it is not equivalent to posting a written message.
The ruling has been heavily questioned and it is likely to get appealed, according to Mashable.com.
So, what do you think?
Do you agree with the judge’s decision or do you think the ruling just absurd?
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