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Moroccan Man Pardoned For Fake Facebook Profile

from the took-'em-long-enough dept

Last month, a Moroccan man was sentenced to three years in jail just because he set up a fake profile of a Moroccan prince in Facebook. These sorts of fake profiles are quite common, and it didn't appear that the profile did anything defamatory. However, the guy was still charged with identity fraud. That seems extreme. If the Moroccan royal family was upset about the profile, why not just ask Facebook to take it down? If the fake profile was defamatory, sue the guy for defamation. Charging him with identity fraud and giving him three years in jail was clearly overkill. The international response to this event apparently caught the attention of the royal family, and the king has pardoned the guy in question, releasing him from jail after just a few weeks. However, the fact that he had to go to jail at all still is worrisome.

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    WakeUpAmerica, 20 Mar 2008 @ 5:56am

    Re: Re: Nope

    Each sovereign state makes its own laws

    And if those laws are ridiculous than I have every right to point that out.

    Well, I have to kinda agree with Mike as long as it involves only pointing out that the laws might be wrong according to him.

    Unfortunately, with the US, it doesn't generally stop with simply pointing out stuff, does it now? We've seen enough 'interventions' for the sake of 'spreading democracy' in other states to last us a lifetime, and I'm sure America is not done yet. That's the harsh truth, whether you choose to accept it or not. This is not the 18th or 19th Century, and America saying that it has to shoulder a thinly-veiled modern version of 'the white man's burden' is just plain idiotic and downright offensive. At the very least if it admits to invading countries for oil, people will have some amount of respect for it for speaking the truth.

    Stick to words and formal diplomatic channels to 'point stuff out', and I virtually guarantee that USA will have a much better image abroad than it does now. (For those Americans who say they don't give a damn what people abroad think of them, let me see them say that next time, God-forbid, a 9-11 type incident happens. And it will, if such an amazingly stupid and short-sighted attitude is persisted with.)

    Re. the topic in question, well I think the Royal Family of Morocco needs to learn to chill out a bit and look at things in the proper perspective, rather than have a knee-jerk reaction and then another one in response to international opinion. Then again, at least we have a good example of how one should sometimes listen to what others say (since they may well be right), something the US would do well to emulate.

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