Facebook and game developer Zynga may see privacy-related complaints that were filed against them in 2010 and dismissed in 2011 resurface if the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco rules in favor of the plaintiffs in the cases, Bloomberg reported.
Facebook is appealing a ruling made last year over a dispute regarding a Facebook like as free and protected speech. After a Virginia sheriff’s office employee liked the Facebook page of his boss’ political opponent, resulting in a post on the News Feed, the man lost his job. Daniel Ray Carter, along with five other people fired from the Hampton, Va., sheriff’s department, then filed a lawsuit claiming that likes on Facebook are free speech. A judge dismissed Carter’s claims in April 2012, but Facebook is keeping the fight alive.