Friday, November 4, 2011

Facebook Impersonation Ruled Identity Theft

A woman in New Jersey has learned that pretending to be someone you’re not can be a legal problem if you do it on Facebook. Dana Thornton is accused of posing as her boyfriend on a fake Facebook page – and posting comments like he was “high all the time,” had a sexually transmitted disease and spent time using escort services. A judge has ruled that she can be prosecuted for identity theft – a crime punishable by a maximum 18-month prison term. At issue is a New Jersey law that makes it illegal to impersonate someone “for the purpose of obtaining a benefit for himself or another or to injure or defraud another.” A judge ruled that that law can apply to such activity on social networking sites.