Your good name is one step closer to being protected on the Internet. A bill, currently in committee at the Texas State House, would punish those that use another person's name online to do harm.
House Bill 1666, proposed by Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, expands the definition of online harassment to using another person's name without permission. Here is the text of the bill as found through an online search.
Many people in Texoma seem to feel the bill is a good idea. "Social media harassment is a big problem now days. So, with the bill, it would be very helpful and progressive," said Midwestern State University Freshman Marketing Major Rashaud Hunter.
Online harassment is nothing new to Hunter." I actually had one person, one of my friends one of his ex's got into his facebook and got to putting stuff in," he recounted. The things the ex-girlfriend wrote damaged his friend's reputation. "He was really hurt by that," said Hunter.
History Major, Travis Maner, a MSU Junior, has not had to deal with the problem first-hand, but fears what might happen if he does. "I'm involved with some organizations. If your name gets out and under the wrong hands… It could definitely hurt your status in the community and people would look at you different," he said.
Maner doesn't know what would drive a person to defame another online "I really don't see why someone would want to do something like that toward people but everyone has their own reasons for doing things," said Maner. Still, he feels the bill will serve a good purpose. "It would be for the best," he said.