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This +1 is also not protected.....dang it.
 
Who cares what they say if it aint right? Wait...wtf?
 
So itty bitty words like "yes" and "no" aren't protected speech? You have to speak in complete sentences? Gotta say that's a novel approach to the First Amendment.
 
Hmm, campaign donations from corporations to PACs are free speech and can't be regulated, but actual free speech is not free speech.
Liking something is clearly and plainly a speech act even under a restrictive interpretation of internet speech, because it is rebroadcast. If liking isn't protected I can hardly see how an IRL public middle finger or thumbs up is protected.
 
Huge implications - and how is my saying "I like this!" different from hitting the "Like" button? Or is it that my saying "I like this!" is not protected speech?
 
Screw it, I'm going back to bed
I'm done with this world.
 
Only the Congress can violate the First Amendment, not a sheriff. And I deeply dislike Obama, yet I've liked his page to see his Facebook posts.
 
+Richard Koffler I'm afraid you're mistaken. Although the text of the First Amendment applies only to Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the guaranties in the First Amendment (among other amendments) apply to the states/local governments by way of the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment ("no state shall deprive a person of life, liberty or property without due process of law"). The Court has looked to the Bill of Rights for examples of the types of "liberty" that would be protected by the amendment.

As to the court's decision, I think the judge blew it. For expressive conduct to be protected, the law requires only that a viewer be able to understand what the message being communicated is. (That I might misconstrue the message doesn't matter.) The act of clicking "like" on FB may be easy but it seems like expressive conduct to me. Granted, some may like a page for different reasons, but it would be reasonable to conclude that a person clicks the like button because he or she supports the candidate.

A troubling decision.
 
Thanks for the link +Jim Ancona I won't count myself among First Amendment scholars, but I've done enough constitutional law work to know some of the rules.
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