The act of impersonating someone on a social networking site such as myspace.com or facebook.com is a criminal offense. It can be prosecuted under Florida Statute 817-568 Criminal Use of Personal Identification and Information. This is an identity-theft statute which addresses not only financial damages but also recognizes harrassment and emotional distress. Our UCF police department has charged some students with this activity.
I’m collecting information like this in support of a small grant I received to develop student instruction and orientation to social software as a part of UCF’s Information Fluency initiative.