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Did you really go to Harvard? Were you actually born in 1982? Did you truly spend that summer backpacking through Europe? Your online profile certainly says so. But if such statements are, shall we say, somewhat less than truthful, did you just commit a federal computer crime? In other words, could lying on Facebook really land you in jail?


Relax. It is highly unlikely that a decision to fudge your age or weight or use a fake name on Facebook is going to result in any extended jail time. But just in case you were planning on making a habit of it, know that there was once a time when the federal government actually argued such conduct could theoretically be deemed criminal.

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