Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Rhode Island Repeals Internet "Fibbing" Law

Rhode Island has repealed a law that make lying online a crime. According to Steven Brown, the executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU, the statute made "virtually the entire population" of the state "a criminal" since nearly everyone fibs on the net once in a while. The law also made prosecutions difficult, since it prohibited speech that is protected under the First Amendment. The new Rhode Island law governing transmission of false data is now in the Rhode Island Code under Computer Crimes at 11-52-7. 

More here from the Washington Post.

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