Man fired for using the Like button on Facebook
Have you ever used Facebook's Like button to show your support for a political candidate? Even if you haven't, someone you know probably has. After all, President Obama's Facebook page has over 26.4 million Likes and counting. But have you ever considered whether or not you could be fired for Liking a candidate?
According to a ruling by Federal District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson, you absolutely can be fired for using that Like button. "Simply liking a Facebook page is insufficient," wrote Jackson in his ruling. "It is not the kind of substantive statement that has previously warranted constitutional protection."
The decision was handed down in response to a case involving six Virginia workers who were fired by their boss, Sheriff B.J. Roberts. These workers, according to the case, "hindered the harmony and efficiency of the office." How, exactly? By Liking the Facebook page of Jim Adams, the man who was running against Roberts for the office of sheriff.
Predictably, the ruling has sent chills down the spines of defenders of the First Amendment. Said UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh in an interview with the New York Times, "It may just involve a mouse click, but a major point of that mouse click is to inform other that you like whatever that means."
The ruling will likely be appealed, and it is possible that the issue could be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the meantime, you may want to be careful about just who you like — especially if your boss is seeking re-election soon.
This is not the first time that a court has ruled on issues relating to workers' conduct on Facebook. Last year, the National Labor Relations Board demanded that five Facebook users be re-hired after they were dismissed for complaining about their workload on the social networking site, and a judge ruled them eligible for back pay. And earlier this year, a man was ordered to choose between apologizing to his estranged wife and spending 60 days in jail after posting private comments about her on Facebook.
TECH giant Dell has created quite a stink with some laptop buyers complaining their devices smell of cat urine. Buyers of the Latitude 6430u Ultrabook, ... Full story
- Do your Facebook friends secretly hate you?
- Facebook considering ‘sympathize’ option as an alternative to ‘like’
- US and UK spies infiltrate Second Life, World of Warcraft and other online games, Snowden's NSA documents show
- Former Napster COO killed on bike by police patrol car
- How to do undo an email
- Millions of Facebook, Twitter and Google passwords stolen in hack
- China banks barred from handling bitcoins
- Facebook is implementing an unfollow button for Newsfeed
- Microsoft working on a 'smart bra' that will help stop emotional eating binges
- The device that lets parents literally watch over their kids
- Google's YouTube Says It's in Negotiations to Stream Live NBA, NHL Games
- WTF? $25k Apple headphones
- Steve Jobs To Introduce iPad Paper Together With Rupert Murdoch
- HTC Unveils Phones With Facebook Button
- HTC ThunderBolt Release Date: 4G Phone Comes This Week
- The 9 most annoying Facebook users
- Adria Richards fired after tweeting over colleagues' sexist comments about 'a dongle'
- Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen recreate 1981 photo
- 'My only friend is, like, my grandma': Why teens don't use Facebook anymore
- Twitter in trouble over '#GaysMustDie'
- MySpace, Apps Share User IDs With Advertisers, WSJ Reports
- Verizon Considers Charging For Wireless Data Based On Speed
- Sony Launches Music Streaming Service Powered By 'Qriocity'
- Hotmail Emails Deleted? Users Report Missing Emails
- 'Attack A Teacher Day' Facebook Invite Gets 6 Girls Arrested
- New Starbucks Mobile Pay System Makes Cash, Credit Cards Unnecessary
- Playboy iPad App Blocked Despite Hef's Tweets
- Flickr Accidentally Deletes Huge Photo Collection--Permanently
- Sony To Ditch iTunes? Sony Exec Says Apple Holding Publishers 'Ransom'
- Alibaba CEO, COO Resign After Fraud Probe
- Facebook To Allow Third-Party Developers Access to Your Addresses, Phone Numbers
- Netflix, Discovery Ink Streaming Deal
- Philips Introduces New Touchscreen home phone
- UN women ads show sexism behind Google searches
- Verizon iPad Plan Announced: See The Details
- Cheng Jianping, Twitter User, ARRESTED; Tweet Lands Activist 1 Year Labor Sentence
- AT&T Expands Wi-Fi Zones In Public Spaces
- Google's Latest Plan: Woo Brides With 'Google Weddings'
- Asian gangs 'clearing out Apple stores of iPad 2 devices before selling them for $1,200 profit'
Rate this article
|PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity||Awkward family photos|
|UPDATED: Faces of Meth||PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter|