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Sep 25, 2013 • Wed • 7:00-9:00pm • 1 mtg • UHM Krauss 012 • $50 (SMCHI $45)
What will I be covering? Well, as it is a general survey class, I will touching upon areas where the law has inserted itself in the social media sphere, such as today's more exciting news.
4th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules the "Liking" on Facebook is Constitutionally Protected
For instance, like how a Facebook 'Like" is protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (i.e. it is a freedom of speech). Today, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in favor of a former deputy sheriff who had been fired from his job due to "liking" the Facebook page of the man running in opposition to his boss. Basically, the court felt that by “Liking” a campaign page, it was the “Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one’s front yard, which the Supreme Court has held is substantive speech.” Further, the court, in its unanimous ruling, as to this Facebook issue, stated that, “On the most basic level, clicking on the ‘like’ button literally causes to be published the statement that the User ‘likes’ something, which is itself a substantive statement[.]"
To read the complete ruling, check it out here.
Other Topics at my Class
Anyway, that is just a sliver of one of the many topics to be covered in my class. So if you are interested in signing up click here.