Author: Lea S
I remember back in the days when mIRC was the IT thing, once in a while, I would play a prank on any random chatter by pretending to be someone of a different identity. And because instant messaging is a non face-to-face form of communication (excluding webcam-ing), everyone can be anyone. Then it occurred to me, if I could pretend to be someone else, then the strangers chatting with me could also turn out to not be who they claimed to be. Minor Internet pranks like these may be harmless but for some unlucky ones, they can turn into something traumatizing.
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