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Can You Go to Jail for Impersonating Someone Online?

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January 23, 2013

Theoretically, law enforcement officials could target things like parody Twitter accounts, which are a form of online impersonation often used for satire and social commentary. "The concern is it gives a lot of discretion to law enforcement to go after First Amendment activity," says Matt Zimmerman, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "The resulting consequence of that is that people will feel chilled and intimidated and hence decide to not engage in perfectly legitimate forms of social protest because they're worried that not only might they be sued, but they could actually go to jail."

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