The Blame MySpace Movement Gathers Steam

from the blame-the-party-that-has-the-money dept

The legal woes at MySpace keep piling up. Last summer, a mother and her daughter filed suit against the company, seeking $330 million, after a boy she met on the site sexually assaulted her. Now a new wave of lawsuits have been filed all on similar grounds, as the families of MySpace-borne sexual assault victims claim the company has been negligent when it comes to protecting its members from predators. Although the families' anger is understandable, the blame is clearly being misplaced. As we said after the first such case, if MySpace is somehow responsible for what happens on its network, then why not blame the ISP? Or why not blame a shopping mall if an attacker met their victim there? The families says that MySpace should have done more to enact security measures, but as the company's chief security officer points out, security is a two-way street. There's only so much MySpace can do, while the rest of the job has to be done by parents, who are in a position to teach their children about using common sense online. Somehow, we imagine, that the only ones who are going to benefit from this unfortunate situation are the lawyers.
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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Jan 2007 @ 4:33pm

    People lie about themselves online?!?!

    If these girls aren't smart enough to know that not everyone tells the truth all the time then they are doomed to be screwed over by life in general.

    One thing-- in the discussion about ages above-- that everyone seems to forget is that if a minor is truthful about their age then their profile automatically becomes un-veiwable to anyone 18 and over unless that minor invites that person to be their friend. That is a perfect example of what myspace can, and has, done to change the game to help avoid these types of situations. The only reasons this suit has come up 1) precedent set by that last bitch
    2) that group that showed that myspace was capable of screening it's members list against the national predator list.

    Of course, if 15 year old girls would just stop lying about their age then those predators wouldn't ever have been able to befriend them and it wouldn't have mattered. Unless those guys lied about their identity, in which case the screening wouldn't have done squat
    Of course some of those cases involved same age male and female meetings, in which case the girls are guilty of a whole different type of bad judgment. And that is the parents fault for not raising children with the ability to take care of themselves/keep themselves out of trouble.

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