Australian Teen Arrested for Facebook Hoax

They don’t mess around in Australia. Last week, police arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with a Facebook hoax that got a little out of control. The teen faces charges claiming that he violated a section of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act designed to protect people from online harassment.

What the teen did, however, doesn’t exactly sound like harassment, at least not from the limited amount of coverage leaking from Australian news channels.

According to sources, the teen created a fake Facebook account for a girl he knew. He then used the account to create a birthday invitation. The invitation eventually drew 200,000 positive RSVPs. That would have been one awesome birthday party.

The girl is said to have created her own event invitation earlier in the month (or possibly last month). She deleted it, however, when she found that 2,000 said that they planned to attend the bash.

The teenage boy has been released on bail and isn’t scheduled for a hearing until April. Since he is underage, it might be harder to get details about the crime that the supposedly committed.

It will be interesting to see how the Australian court responds to this Facebook hoax.It doesn’t seem that the young man did anything that would have caused serious emotion turmoil for the girl. Since details remain scarce, though, it is impossible to say what else he might have done to harass her. It is possible that the Facebook hoax was just a small part of his bullying behavior towards the young woman.

 

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~ by facebookhoaxes on March 23, 2011.

2 Responses to “Australian Teen Arrested for Facebook Hoax”

  1. THERE IS A MASSIVELY LARGE GROUP OF PAEDOPHILES MASQUERADING AS CHRISTIAN BEADLES AND JUSTIN BEIBER! DON’T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT! NEITHER BIEBER OR BEADLES USE FACEBOOK. PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND GET THEM BANNED AS FAST AS YOU CAN! CALL THEM OUT, BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE WILL. MY LITTLE COUSIN IS TALKING TO ONE OF THEM NOW, AND I’VE ALREADY HAD HIS FB REMOVED A FEW TIMES. REPOST THIS IN YOUR STATUS, UNLESS YOU SUPPORT THE PAEDOS!

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