By: Kyle James | 01-17-2018 | News
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Say What? Wisconsin Wants to Ban Impersonating on Social Media

In a day and age where most people have allotted a lot of attention and time to social media, others have developed uncanny tactics to capitalize on this powerful tool.

On that note, Wisconsin Assembly has decided to take stern measures against people who impersonate others on social media. The Assembly intends to make it a crime for one to impersonate on social media.

The measure, which some deem to be very funny, was slated for approval Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, targets the practice known as "catfishing."

Catfishing is the act of someone impersonating another person online with the intent of defrauding or harassing them. It turns out that the bill has bipartisan support and would make the crime a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

The co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Bob Kulp says he introduced the measure after a friend of his was targeted by someone trying to defraud him out of money. According to Kulp, the bill updates current law which only deals with email fraud. Kulp indicated that its similar to laws which are to be found in other states such as Pennsylvania, Texas, and California.


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