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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    Sadie, 22 Jan 2007 @ 9:09am

    Come on, now. While I'm sure that these irate parents have enough to take Myspace to court, I'd be flabbergasted if they actually won. As other people have pointed out, they do take precautions about minors, but honestly there is only so much you can do. It's the internet! Stuff like this can happen anywhere online. When I was 12 I was using AIM chatrooms to talk to people, but I knew better than to give out any personal information. I rarely even told anybody my first name! Still don't, actually.

    My mother made sure that when I used the internet I knew what NOT to do. She kept the computer in the family room and I could use it when she was there. She trusted I wouldn't do anything stupid like give out my address or agree to meet some 40 year old skeeve pretending to be 14 because she had made the consequences very clear. That was her responsibility - to make sure I was safe when I went on the internet. Parents are responsible for making sure their children keep safe when they use the internet.

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