We 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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