The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Richmond, Virginia ruled today that “liking” something on Facebook is protected free speech. A sheriff’s deputy who liked the campaign of his boss’s opponent was fired. He then sued, but his case was dismissed by a federal trial judge in the Eastern District of Virginia. The appeals court reversed the dismissal rejecting the trial court’s finding that the thumbs up was “insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.” The appeals court found that “[i]t is the Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one’s front yard, which the Supreme Court has held is substantive speech. “The case is Bland et al v. Roberts, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 12-1671.