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Is it illegal to Impersonate someone on Social Media Networks?

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by provision, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. provision

    provision Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    So you all have seen impersonated accounts on social media networks right? What if I had an impersonated account of someone and got the account famous and the person found out on twitter, instagram, vine etc, would this be illegal? Would anything happen if the impersonated account had significantly more real followers than the real person lol. Haven't done this yet, but have been brainstorming and can make some good money from this if its not illegal.
     
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    provision Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If this means anything, I would use the impersonation account just to draw in real followers, then once I built it with enough followers would completely change the account to promote something like shoutouts or sell it
     
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    Ok im going to tell you my PERSONAL experience from this.. twitter CAN suspend you for it tell you change info on the account but its a long process for them. I'v been suspended for this before but the chances of legal issues are so slim i don't even think its realistic.
     
  4. provision

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    alright, yeah I was planning to do this on vine which is twitter affiliated and impersonate a person thats from another country, not famous, and doesnt have a vine account. The reason being is there attractive lol and would draw in followers
     
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    Do you think i'd be able to get away with it, and then after probably a month change the account details?
     
  6. Jeff Bezos

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    When you say illegal you must specify a region. What is illegal in the USA may be a norm in the Netherlands... Law is just something humans made up, meaning it varies from place to play and from interpretation to interpretation.
     
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    Well it depends who you're going to impersonate lol like celebrities? or "well known" people
     
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    I am in the US and the person i'm looking to impersonate is from England, and is not a celebrity or well known by any means. Literally your everyday person about 50 or 60 followers. They make videos on keek, and im looking to pretty much take those and upload them to vine.
     
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    They MAY file a DMCA case against you, but chances are that if they aren't that big, they won't even come across your account.

    Vine won't ban you until the person whose videos you are using contacts them to take it down. (Just my personal experience).
     
  10. provision

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    Alright i'll try it out and see how it goes lol.
     
  11. Amsterdammer

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    If the master calls, the Dutch extradite.


    @OP, check local laws. Cali has weird laws.
     
  12. heartofgold

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    Translation: Your life sucks so you have to pretend to be someone else to make you feel good about yourself.
     
  13. provision

    provision Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    More like I can make bank with videos of a hot blonde girl lol
     
  14. Mike Hunt

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    If your account goes big some white knight who knows her WILL contact her. She will probably get your vine account deleted just on GP that you made her bigger than she could.

    Why not instead do a fan account of her like people do with celebrities & pornstars? She will more than likely be flattered or feel stalked.
     
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    provision Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I was thinking that, then I thought that if I did a celebrity/pornstar people may know that the account is fake. I wanted this account to come off as 100% real
     
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    That is so true!
     
  17. yaleinnovator

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    im sure you will be fine provision. it would be interesting for us to see what happpens if your account is bigger than hers though