Friday, August 14, 2009

Man impersonates white supremacist on Facebook, gets prosecuted

On Thursday Aug. 13, CNN provided a story about an African-American man who created a fake Facebook account to impersonate a white supremacist, and then transmit threats. Dyron L Hart, of Poplarville, MS, plead guilty to communicating threats by interstate commerce. He could get a $250000 fine and five years in prison. The story is here.

Prosecutions of this nature have gradually increased since the late 1990s, when people would recklessly transmit threats in emails, IM’s or on message boards, without awareness of the grave legal consequences.

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