After much legal wrangling since 2009, The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond says the employees had a First amendment right to push the Like button.
Fine. Sounds hunky-dorey to me.
EXCEPT, were these employees pushing the Like button during “company time?”
If they were on duty inside the sheriff’s office, they had no business surfing the web.
The ruling said, “liking a political candidate’s campaign page communicates the user’s approval of the candidate and supports the campaign by associating the user with it. In this way, it is the Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one’s front yard, which the Supreme Court has held is substantive speech.”
But isn’t that the catch? The workers were on the job – not in their front yards?
The news item I found doesn’t cover my objection – so see what you think of the whole thing here – FOX NEWS.