Monday, May 7, 2012

No Free Speech on Facebook

If your boss is an elected official, free speech allows you to express support for their opponent in an election. If, however, you "like" your boss' opponent's facebook page you can be fired.

Judge Raymond Jackson in Virginia okayed the firing of a deputy by the sheriff because the deputy "liked" the sheriff's opponent's facebook page. Since clicking a "like" button is not verbal, clicking a button is not speech. Hence, not protected.

Well, by extension of "verbal" to "speech" logic, Virginia is paving the way to oppress the deaf and the mute. Isn't that nice?

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