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Social Media and Protected Speech
By: Doug Bedell
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We wish we had the time, or capacity, to dig fully into the new communication wave of social media. Twitter "tweets" and Facebook likes are influence builders that fully deserve to be understood and used properly. They are, indeed, a new communication discipline. We have here, for example, a court case on whether clicking a Facebook "like" is an expression of protected freedom of speech. Six jobs are at stake in this particular action. 

We thank Danny Brown for bringing this example of social media's reach to our attention. 

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About the Author
Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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