Instead of making strong online laws, law-makers in Rhode Island have decided to repeal some. Recently, a law that was formed in 1989 against online lying was taken down. Lying of any kind, whether with or without a criminal intent is now open in the face of having no law against such a conduct. Before this tear down of the legal protection occurred, it was a criminal offence to even lie about your height, weight, age, name, etc.
Now, all of that is allowed, which to many would seem harmless. One of the reason to give this ease of online lying, if not outright betrayal, is that most people while chatting or socializing online, beat the purpose of having to connect really, and only have a pass time by appearing with different profiles or even lying a bit about themselves. The things about which online users are very closed about usually deal with their personal lives and they think it is fine to lie in such cases.
Considering such an attitude from people, Rhode Island law-makers have decided to relief people from having a criminal record on such basis, by completely getting rid of the law itself. But never the less, this does not mean a free-hand for con artists and scammers. But on the other hand, even if it is harmless to lie about your height, weight or age, it still is unethical and inappropriate. It might not be a criminal offence, but allowing such liberties so to speak might culminate into unintended consequences.
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