Is lying online now a federal crime?

12/1/2008 | CNET · Ars Technica

The case of the "MySpace suicide" in which a teenage girl killed herself after being rejected by an online crush -- who turned out to be a classmate's mother posing as teenage boy -- was cause for widespread outrage at the perpetrator of the deadly hoax. That woman, Lori Drew, was found guilty on three misdemeanor counts in federal court and faces a possible three years in prison and $300,000 in fines -- essentially for violating the MySpace terms of service. Now bloggers, social networkers and even marketers have to face up to a new legal reality -- that under fairly ordinary circumstances, it may be illegal to assume a false identity online.

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