Woman Shouldn't Be Punished for Impersonating Ex on Facebook

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woman on facebookWe all know break-ups are so much more difficult now than they used to be, no thanks to the Internet. Way back when, you could split with someone and never have to see them or hear from them again. Now, not only do you have to contend with your relationship status on multiple social networks, but you may also be tempted to seek REVENGE on said social networks! And while most of us probably would only fantasize about the latter, one woman may have actually given into temptation.

A New Jersey woman was recently charged after allegedly creating a fake Facebook profile in her ex-boyfriend's name. The profile was reportedly riddled with false info, written as though the ex was the author, which "disparaged his lifestyle choices and career." Now, the man is currently going after his 41-year-old ex-girlfriend, accusing her of "damaging his reputation" with the phony Facebook profile.

This whole thing sounds ridiculous, laughable, and incredibly juvenile. "Wah wah wah, my ex tried to get back at me ... on FACEBOOK!" Wow, come on, tell me that doesn't sound like something you'd expect to hear out of the mouths of 15-year-olds? But no, these people are supposedly grown-ups.

Of course, the woman is a nut for doing this, but I can't believe anyone would take this seriously as legit "identity theft." Wouldn't people who actually knew this guy be smart enough to realize that this fake profile wasn't really his? Especially if he were to be making disparaging remarks on "his" own Facebook wall about his job or lifestyle. Come on! Or are we all that stupid that we take everything we see on the Internet or Facebook as the complete truth?  

Hilariously enough, it seems like the ex-girlfriend's defense team has raised an interesting point in the trial. The defense motion said:

Under the New Jersey statute, there is no plain wording, commentary, memorandum, or any evidence of legislative intent to show that impersonating someone on line or by electronic means is a crime.

In other words, NJ state law doesn't recognize phony Facebook profiles as a true form of ID theft! Ha! Too funny. Because really, unless she did something that truly threatened his finances, job, or well-being, this seems like a case that should have probably been settled way, way out of court, like, say, on someone's COUCH! The state of NJ probably has some bigger issues at hand than a couple of overgrown children fighting over an online game of make-believe.

Do you think Facebook impersonation should be seen as serious identity theft?

 

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nonmember avatar lurker

Many employers google prospective employees and check facebook. They would not know the profile was not actually his and it could cost him a job. Yes, impersonating someone on facebook does ruin his/her reputation and is identity theft.

Stacey. Stacey.

No, it aint that serious. I live in Fort Myers FL and cordially invite you all to check out the facebook pages that put people on blast down here: bussits on blast, lee county deadbeats, smash o' pass, lee bussits and the list goes on. If people who publish these sites arent punished, I don't see how this could be punished. If you dont want something online dont put it there, people can and will steal it!

Sweet... SweetPieMama24

Yah but you forgot to mention that the ex she is impersonating is a police officer.

SandM... SandMsMama

^seeing that comment leads me to believe that he will be favored in court, and she will get a good slap on the wrist.

Lynette Lynette

this is a HUGE deal.  And he has every right to go after this woman.  Many employers do google prospective employees and this could do some horrible damage to this man.

Nraw2011 Nraw2011

Are you serious Maressa?  So you'd be fine with me stealing your pictures, mocking up a fake account and writing posts about how I(you) hate Jews, Blacks and Asians?  Give me a break.  It's easy to sit back and judge when its not happening too you.  What she did is absolutely damaging. 

Jenny... JennyG0929

Horrible. As an employer, we do check FB profiles when considering candidates and many other business owners that I know do the same. It's identity theft plain and simple and her intentions were to make him look bad.

nonmember avatar hawkeye1960

I know this woman and the media fails to mention she Dumped him which he will admit to and she had an internal affairs complaint filed against him for harassment. Then she gets engaged 2 years later to another man and 1 week after there were 8 cops from morris county at her door. People should research its public information, instead of making ignorant comments about a stranger.

hawke... hawkeye1960

I know this woman and the media fails to mention she Dumped him which he will admit to and she had an internal affairs complaint filed against him for harassment. Then she gets engaged 2 years later to another man and 1 week after there were 8 cops from morris county at her door. People should research this is all public information because tax dollars pay for it, before making ignorant comments about a stranger.

Courtney Paige Neale

hawkeye1960 - how does any of that information change anything?????

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