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updated 1:15 PM UTC, Nov 19, 2017

Bill Toughens Law Against Using False Names For Web Harassment

  • Written by Wheeler
  • Published in News

 A public hearing will be held Thursday on a bill that toughens a state law against using fake names to intimidate and threaten others online.

The Assembly's Criminal Justice Committee will hear what people think about a bill from Stratford Republican Bob Kulp which has cosponsors from both parties. It would make it a criminal misdemeanor to use a false name online to scare others or obtain something from them. Kulp says he proposed the idea to Ashland Senate Democrat Janet Bewley, after an impersonator tried scamming money from a friend on Facebook. His bill updates a similar law passed in 1996, reflecting the social media which did not exist back then.

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