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Maryland election board considers Facebook law

Friday - 5/14/2010, 6:07am  ET

WASHINGTON - Privacy concerns aren't the only problem politicians are having with social media.

In campaign races across the country, people are setting up fake Facebook and Twitter accounts in order to spread false information about rival candidates.

The Maryland Board of Elections is working to combat this problem.

The board is working on rules that would allow the board to put an official seal of authenticity on social network sites that are used by campaigns.

"We would require the authority line on that Facebook page, somewhere on it in visible fashion," says Jared DeMarinis, director of candidacy and campaign finance for the Maryland Board of Elections.

DeMarinis says political committees would be required to register their Twitter accounts with the Board of Elections.

Setting up a site to spread false information would be subject to the same laws applied to handing out fake literature.

Maryland is one of the first states in the country to consider such laws.

WTOP Hank Silverberg contributed to this report.

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