Court Says Logging Into Someone Else's Facebook Page And Posting A Message Can Be Identity Fraud
from the bad-cases,-bad-law dept
Eric Goldman and Venkat Balasubramani discuss a ruling in which a kid who, via a text message from someone (it's never made clear), was given the password to someone else's Facebook account. Having the password, the kid logged in and posted some predictably juvenile posts on her wall, and changing her profile to read:
Hey, Face Bookers, [sic] I'm [S.], a junior in high school . . . I want to be a pediatrician but I'm not sure where I want to go to college. I have high standards for myself and plan to meet them all. I love to suck dick.The kid got charged with a felony for identity fraud (under broad California state laws), and the court actually did find that this amounted to identity fraud. I'm much more inclined to agree with Eric, that while ridiculously childish and obnoxious, the actions really should not amount to a felony. It's a kid doing stupid things after being given someone else's password. That kind of thing likely happens all the time. Sure, punish the kid a little, if you must, but the "crime" he's being charged with seems way out of proportion with what he actually did.