Man Gets 3 Years In Jail For Fake Facebook Profile

from the fraud-or-fun? dept

Earlier this month, we pointed to the case of a Moroccan computer engineer who was arrested, supposedly for "stealing" the Moroccan prince's profile on Facebook. As we noted in the post, the original details weren't clear on whether the guy had somehow gained control over the prince's actual Facebook page (which seemed unlikely) or if he'd just set up a fake profile. Further details revealed, indeed, that the guy had merely set up a fake profile of the prince for fun. Given how common fake profiles of celebrities are on Facebook, it seems rather ridiculous to consider that being akin to identity fraud. Apparently, however, the judicial system in Morocco feels differently. The guy in question has now been sentenced to three years in jail. This seems ridiculously excessive, especially since it doesn't sound like the fake profile was negative in anyway. The guy, Fouad Mourtada, claims to be a fan of the prince who just saw the opportunity to have a bit of fun in setting up a profile for him. It's difficult to see how any court with any sense of reason could consider that to be the equivalent of identity fraud.

Filed Under: fake profile, identity fraud, morocco
Companies: facebook


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    comboman, 25 Feb 2008 @ 9:40am

    Re: Re: What if

    You should at least attempt to be analogous. Your example was clearly libelous. However, the example cited above clearly was not.

    I followed all the links and none of the articles state what was actually in the facebook profile other than the statement by the convicted man that it was done "for fun" (lots of room for interpretation there). As much as I hate to defend dorpus, he may actually have a point. Even if his "fun" wasn't libelous (by American standards), making fun of the leader of an conservative Islamic monarchy is probably not a wise move.


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