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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    The infamoue Joe, 19 Jan 2007 @ 4:26am

    Re: reasonable precautions

    I hate to be the one to point this out, Jane, but that myspace parent spy tool only works if you assume the badguy makes an honest account-- how much to you want to bet it didn't say "I'm a 34 year old man who lives with his mother and likes to touch little girls."

    They're probably making pages to make themselves look like kids. That's the great(?) thing about Myspace. 14 year old little girls can say they're 18, and 34 year old perverts can say they're 16.

    Spying on your child won't fix it. Education is the only way to go.

    On another point, I'd like to hear what you and these parents think a good solution would be? Should myspace ask for your social security (or tax ID) number and perform background checks?

    It seems like a similar situation as youtube.. they aren't responsible for what you do/put up on their site, they're just hosting it for you.

    It's called personal accountablilty.

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