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In the USA is it against the law to use a fake name , or pseudonym, in a social network?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (13499points) July 20th, 2018

If true, we would mostly be breaking the law in Fluther. I came across it in a random YouTube video. Is it true?

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janbb's avatar

No, it’s not the law. Facebook has a policy that they want people to only use their real names.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@janbb O.k. I can’t find the video. Maybe someone can find it? Maybe it was proposed and not enacted?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Make believe!

There is no law like that.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Facebook might claim there is a policy, but there is a whole bunch of accounts which prove otherwise.
For instance, there are several men in the military who send me friend requests, with names like James Conrad, Mike Richards, and Paul Miller who are stationed overseas. They come from places like Detroit, and Houston, and their friend list has not one single American on it.
I get friend requests from women named Topaz who have only friends who are women with half naked profile pictures.
Yeah, Facebook has a policy, and they check up on that stuff too.

Patty_Melt's avatar

By the way, the above names are off the top of my head, for example only.
If anybody here has a same or similar name, it is entirely a coincidence.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I don’t think that there’s a specific law on the books; however, I did see on the news a few months back where a woman was arrested & charged with attempting to commit fraud by not giving out her real name online. I didn’t follow up on it so no clue how everything turned out.

Just went to look for what happened to this young lady & found reference to Title18 U.S. Code ยง 1030 – Fraud and related activity in connection with computers . I think this is written so broadly as to cover any & all activities that the government decides they want to prosecute. So, knowing how life works, YES there is a law on the books IF the powers that be decide to use it!!!

24bedoo's avatar

I’m pretty sure I am using a fake name on this site.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Quora requires every member to use his/her real name and identity, which is why I don’t use that website. Quora’s an excellent place, and I’d enjoy participating, by I’m not willing to be that exposed and vulnerable online.

But, this is Quora’s own policy and has nothing to do with the law.

24bedoo's avatar

@Love_my_doggie I used to really like Quora, but then in the last two years it’s really gone downhill.

LadyMarissa's avatar

In the last 2 years, a LOT of things have really gone down hill!!!

joab's avatar

add HELL to the NO.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@24bedoo Really? I haven’t visited Quora in years, so I had no idea that the website has been losing its luster. Back when, Quora was packed with experts from every field; ask any question imaginable, and people would post some very useful knowledge and insights.

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