A District Court judge in Virginia has given its verdict. It was the first to decide on this matter before a federal court. As you can see the case happened in America and it was very strange.
The case before Judge Raymond Jackson was this: a local sheriff had fired six of its employees because of their actions that they had “impeded the harmony and efficiency of the office,” according to the New York Times. Later it was discovered that one of these people had clicked on the “like” the sheriff’s political opponent in the page.
To clarify this issue, we must specify that civil servants in Virginia are free to express themselves on political issues, even if that means supporting the person who wants to replace your head. But the “Like”, for now, there is a way to express themselves verbally, and then, in this case, freedom of speech can not be regarded as such. This is simply press a button, nothing more.
Meanwhile, lawyers are already planning to appeal. The question remains: what are the reasons for dismissal and whether they are indeed correct in law, because it also discusses the fact that, on Facebook, friends of the person laid off may have been somewhat restricted by the thought of public servant. For now, the public seems more focused on the social phenomenon that the real question.
What do you think of this strange story? And right to interpret a “like” as “personal thought”? It can be fired for liking or supporting your thoughts with Facebook?