Are Your Facebook Likes Free Speech?
Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:35 AM
When you write or say something, you are expressing Freedom of Expression.
Therefore, by clicking the "Like" Button you are showing Freedom of Throught and Freedom of Expression. The only difference is you are using a proxy(the button) to express it for you, in your name.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:38 AM
Clearly, you are unaware why people commit suicide.
Remind me never to go into a movie theater with you. You might think the movie is bad and want to "put the audience out of their misery".
Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:16 PM
Perhaps those who fail to engage in analytical thinking before making statements such as the above should contemplate their own suicide.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:29 PM
- Said Amendment binds only governmental agencies; it does not extend to private entities;
- The purpose of said Amendment is to protect political speech only;
- Freedom to speak does not guarantee freedom from the consequences of speaking; and,
- It is a long and well established principle that speech may be restricted to the extent that it causes harm.
IMO, it is most specious to argue that Facebook "Likes" categorically constitute political speech.
This post has been edited by deepsand: 08 August 2012 - 02:29 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:45 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:54 PM
Hm-mm; no. Simply saying that you like/dislike one who holds or is seeking public office is not necessarily either public speech or political speech.
Not only did I not prove your point, but, a reading of the Judge's findings in the case in question shows that the matter re. FB Likes was immaterial to his decision.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:58 PM
Since FB is a site owned/operated by a private entity, and liking PCW is not political speech, you've no First Amendment rights here.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 07:01 AM
Posted 10 August 2012 - 07:05 AM
Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:09 PM
I certainly would find it appropriate if someone sworn to enforce the law finds a certain law counter-productive, immoral, or unnecessary to express his/her opinion and not have to suffer punishment for it. Let's say that an inspector for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered that a flaw in the law permitted tainted food to appear at the supermarket. I would expect this inspector to first inform his superiors, and if this did not resolve the situation, to inform the public.
Back to the matter mentioned in the article, the employees that were fired were employed by the sheriff's department, a government agency, not by the Sheriff himself. This can be proven by examining who paid the employees, which was the sheriff's department. The employees expressing a desire to elect a legitimate candidate to their department, should be protected under the First Amendment, whether they write a letter to the editor of a newspaper, post on a blog, or click the "Like" button on a candidate's Facebook page.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:45 PM
A reading of the case documents will show the the Facebook "Likes" were immaterial to the Judge's decision.
See Bland v. Roberts
This post has been edited by deepsand: 12 August 2012 - 03:50 PM