The First Amendment, Digital Speech and Modern Culture (Bland v. Roberts, 2013)


  • Shanique Mais Florida Atlantic University


Free Speech, Digital Media, Social Media, Law, First Amendment


This article provides a brief examination of our first amendment right of free speech within the context of our current digital age. The article looks at recent United States court cases and their handling of these new issues. Specifically, this research article analyses a recent 2013 Fourth Circuit Court of appeals case, Bobby Bland v. B. J. Roberts, which tackles the issue of whether or not clicking the “like” button on Facebook constitutes speech and thus, warrants protection.

Author Biography

Shanique Mais, Florida Atlantic University

Shanique Mais is a senior at Florida Atlantic University with a major in Accounting and minor in Business Law. She believes in the purpose of the Undergraduate Law Journal and the vision of the founders to promote awareness and encourage involvement and interest in the legal system of the United States. Shanique plans to sit for the CPA exam in 2015 with an ultimate goal of specializing in forensic accounting.