Are fake accounts on MySpace identity theft?

*very* longtime readers of blogging.la will remeber Bill Poon – one of the first bloggers who helped us launch this site in the first place. Bill hasn’t been blogging much recently because of a new job he got, one which he was fired from today for identity theft! He tells the whole story here but basically “councel” at his ex-job are considering a fake profile on MySpace identity theft. Read on…

“She says I put a picture of our president on my “myspace” back in september. Of course I did that, it was hi-jinks highlarious. I put it up for a week and left comments for co-workers saying “go back to work” and “good job”. Apparently, the humor was lost on the “counsel” (I’m rather flattered that the fate of a lowly burgermaker like me would be determined by a “counsel” I guess my burgers are that damn good) and said that the only recourse was termination. Whoa. My supervisor was in shock when she got news of this – we get along very well and she’s helped me through the ranks. The HR says blah blah blah blah and this is actually a criminal offense but they won’t press charges. I’m like going o. k? I think I would have been upset if my work was being question but since it wasn’t, and its their company, I figure its there perogative to hire and fire who they wish. I’m pretty kwai chang caine pragmatic about this. But the weird thing is “identity theft?” of something I did back in september? Whoa. Actually I believe I would be protected by some kind of “satire law” since it was obvious (at least to me) that my myspace was not the president of our company but me.”

Bill points out that if they were pissed at his performance or thought he was violating some policy that would have been a more reasonable thing to fire him over, but identiy theft? Huh?

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3 Replies to “Are fake accounts on MySpace identity theft?”

  1. No….. Not at all! I don’t like people with high attitude.. Send me some more pictures of your boss. I will let him know what is mean my identity theft…

  2. If you posted comments like “good job” and “go back to work”, these are parodic comments. Parodies are protected as free speech and are not identity theft- there’s no legal grounds for a suit. I’m not sure what the company’s opinion on parodies by employees is, though, and I guess they might have grounds for termination there…. but what’s the point? For a couple hundred kids that the President will never meet anyway? *mumbles something about low corporate self-esteem*

  3. At what point does one decide it’s a good idea to create a fake MySpace profile for El Jefe, complete with photos, and start posting comments on other people’s profiles? Like, yeah: that’s gonna get back to someone, somehow, and your boss probably won’t think it’s half as funny as you (or I, or your former company’s competitors) do. And they’ll fire you. For any reason. Crazy thing about corporate America!

    Lesson learned: next time this prank should play out on Friendster. Much less chance of getting caught.

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