Friday, January 19, 2007


MySpace is being sued and it's a serious case of child safety, but…

…why is that Americans reach for their lawyers faster than you can say 1-800-so-sue-me? Just asking.

The families of five teenage girls are suing MySpace over claims that they were sexually assaulted by men they met through the social networking website.

The case argues negligence on the part of the Rupert Murdoch-owned site. It is obviously a very upsetting case, but is it really MySpace's fault?

The site has increased its security and hired experts. It has, for instance, made it impossible for users aged 18 and above to contact 14 and 15-year-old members unless they know the younger person's email address. The girls involved in this case were of that age, but really there is only so much that can be done. The rest is up to the guardians and parents of the children involved.

Sadly, this kind of thing is going to happen. People always find ways to abuse systems to the ill of others. Just like the case of some other teenage girls posting video clips on YouTube of them beating up another girl. Someone's going to be suing over that one as well.
While getting a pile of cash is no doubt an attractive prospect, it doesn’t actually have anything to do with protecting the children concerned. Nor will it likely stop other attacks.

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