Wisconsin Bill Would Make it A Crime to Use Social Media to Impersonate Someone

Monday, November 27, 2017 | SawyerWire |


State Senator Janet Bewley, Ashland, District 25, is sponsoring a bill in the State Senate that would make it illegal in Wisconsin to impersonate another person using social media.

Under the bill, it would be a misdemeanor offense to impersonate someone else using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The common term for this is “catfishing,” and under current law, there is a penalty for using email to impersonate someone, but not social media.

The bill, which has bipartisan support in the Wisconsin Legislature, would make catfishing punishable up to 90 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000.

Read the full story State legislators look to reel in harmful online 'catfishing' scams


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