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Bill Would Make Phony Online Profiles A Crime

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PHILADELPHIA -

Could a Facebook page or Twitter account land you in legal trouble?

Phony social media accounts and email addresses could be against the law.

State Rep. Katharine Watson is sponsoring a bill that will make it a crime to set up fake Facebook or Twitter account and use them against others.

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania lawmakers will take up the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to impersonate someone online. The proposed penalty for violating the law would be up to $2,000.

It is no* meant to go after people who are joking with friends. Its real intent is to stop Internet bullying.

But others say it is a violation of free speech.

"As a parent, I thought this is good if stops online bullying," local attorney Ken Rothweiler said. "But the lawyer in me says it's bad because it violates the First Amendment of the Constitution."

FOX 29's Lauren Cohn has more details in this video report.

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