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Is it illegal to create facebook page under someone else's name?

Ann Arbor, MI |

An individual create a facebook page claiming that they were someone else and posted pictures of this person. It appeared that this individual had create their own Facebook page, but it was fake. Is the person who created the false page breaking any laws?

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Attorney answers 1


It's a violation of Facebook's terms, which prohibit "misleading" information and "false personal information," and "creat[ing] an account for anyone other than yourself without permission."

It's also identity theft, and potentially invades privacy by disclosing private facts and using facts in a "false light," and may also be copyright infringement depending on who took and owns the photos.

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