Posing as someone else online

Posing as someone else online

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Carlisle, KY

#1 Mar 4, 2011
Pretending to be someone else on Facebook, My Space, Email or Chat Rooms or anywhere else online, may be come a crime if congress passes the national law as California has as of Jan 1 2011.
The law specifically prohibits impersonating anyone online with the objective of harming, intimidating, threatening or defrauding. Such acts become misdemeanors punishable by a fine up up to $1000 and a year in jail.
The author of the law, California Democratic state Senator Joe Simitian, represents the part of the state where Facebook has its headquarters. An article in the San Jose Mercury News quoted him saying:
As a Silicon Valley legislator, I’m nothing but enthusiastic about technology. But the question is, is the technology used wisely and appropriately? This is one area where some constraint appeared necessary… The goal here really is to try to change behavior…
This new law draws on the same framework used in California’s ban on forging documents.
An early draft of the legislation had upset free speech advocates who worried that that the measure would stifle free speech. So the law effective Saturday qualifies that the person who is impersonated has to be real and credible.
That makes it still legal to have profiles that are obvious parodies or fictional characters.
We’re wondering whether a California law would enable Facebook to prosecute impersonators based outside of the state, or the country for the matter. Presumably the location of the social network’s headquarters is what matters here.
So be careful who are you pretending to be online to hurt others. It is in some states and may be nationwide shortly. Fines of $1000.00 and one year in jail.

Grundy, VA

#2 Mar 4, 2011
This is great! I hope it happens, there is soo much of this that goes on.

Keen Mountain, VA

#3 Mar 4, 2011
Brittany wrote:
This is great! I hope it happens, there is soo much of this that goes on.
i agree it needs to be stoped

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