Coffee Club: Should Employers Monitor Employees' Facebook Posts?

Published 09/19 2013 10:38AM

Updated 09/19 2013 10:45AM

A U.S. court has ruled that "likes" on Facebook are protected as free speech under the Constitution.

The case came about when employees at the Hampton Sheriff's Office in Virginia lost their jobs after expressing support for their boss' opponent by "liking" the opponents Facebook page.

Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union became involved, both filed "friend of the Court" briefs for the case.

The decision reverses an earlier ruling that said "likes" were just button presses.

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