Facebook Stalking Gets a Bit Harder Come Saturday

By Sajid Farooq
|  Friday, Dec 31, 2010  |  Updated 6:45 AM PDT
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Pretending to be Mark Zuckerberg is going to cost you come Saturday.

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Pretending to be someone online you're not is going to cost you starting Saturday.

Along with the new year, California will implement a series of new laws Saturday, including one that criminalizes saying you are someone you're not online with "the objective of harming, intimidating, threatening or defrauding."

The new law is aimed to reduce the number of cases of online harrasment on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, a growing problem as social media sites continue to add more users.

Punishment for an infraction, if caught, will be a fine up to $1,000 and possibly a year in jail. The law is based on California's ban on forging documents.

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