Facebook "like" button being debated in court

NORFOLK, Virginia - It's something millions of people on Facebook do all the time -- hit the "like" button on a post or link. But the practice is being debated in court. Determining what a "like" means -- if anything played a part in a Virginia case involving six people.

They claim Hampton Sheriff B.J. Roberts fired them for supporting an opponent in his 2009 re-election bid -- by pressing the "like" button on the opponent's Facebook page.

The workers sued, claiming their First Amendment rights to free speech were violated.

The judge ruled clicking a "like" button doesn't amount to a major statement or expressive speech. Some legal minds disagree -- and say the matter will likely have to be settled by a higher court.

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