Free Speech Rights on Facebook

I don’t get the differences between likes and other forms of free expression.

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  •!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    What the hell?!? How is thatnot free and protected speech?!? There is a lot of talk about how good an idea it is to have elected judges (I’m on the side that it’s a very, very bad idea), but I don’t know if there is as much about any form of elected law enforcement. District attorneys, sheriffs, etc. This is just another example of how it’s a very, very bad idea. Law makers should be elected, but law enforcers should not be and I have no idea why they would be.

    (That said, after reading so many of Ed Brayton’s posts about corrupt and violent police officers, I’m not so firmly set in that position as I once was. Except I have to only look at Joe Arpaio’s years in service to see that one can’t really trust the public to do the right thing often enough, which is why I still believe that politicizing the offices is bad.)

  • eigenperson

    For the moment at least, the difference is that a higher court has not yet ruled on the issue of whether facebook “likes” are protected speech.

  •!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    I should point out that this is one of the reasons why I work very hard to keep my real name off of Google, and that doesn’t even take into account how I protect my privacy on Facebook.