Week 8: Media Law
By Caitlyn Nurnberg
In 2013 there was a case in Virginia where four deputies and two civilian workers got fired after they ‘liked’ the Facebook page of a candidate running against their boss in the campaign for sheriff. They sued him for wrongful termination, on the grounds that the termination violated their first amendment rights of free speech. A U.S. District Attorney Judge in Virginia ruled that it did not violate their first amendment rights because a Facebook “like”does not constitute actual speech, and therefore have no protection under the first amendment, so in turn the terminations did not violate the first amendment.