MySpace sued for $30 million in America, heads overseas
A 14-year old Texas teen has sued MySpace for $30 million, saying she was sexually assaulted by a 19-year old who contacted her through the site, masquerading as a high-school senior who played football. This is, of course, just the latest in a long stream of sexual-predator charges afflicting the social network, and Valleywag, for one, has started to lose its patience: "Look, kid, just because your dream boy turned out to not be a high-school football hottie doesn't mean MySpace will cut you a $30 million check," writes the acid-tongued Silicon Valley gossip site. Maybe so, but Publishing 2.0 thinks Mr. Murdoch's fast-growing Internet play is a "ticking time bomb" because of cases like this.
Meanwhile, MySpace has announced plans to go global, no doubt hoping that there will be fewer sexual predators -- or less litigious victims -- overseas. In an interview yesterday with the Financial Times, co-founder Chris DeWolfe went public with the social network's imminent plans to expand into 11 countries, specifically naming France, Germany, China and India. But the real shocker here is that DeWolfe and crew have made it to upwards of 75 million registered users, without even getting around to offering foreign-language versions of the service. Mon dieu!
I think it is great that MySpace is being sued for not protecting this poor girl's safety. They run the website and should be completely responsible. This lawsuit has inspired me to sue my local Walmart where I saw an ad on their bulletin board for a good lawnmower. The lawnmower turned out to be just ok, not good. Furthermore I am taking my local church to court where I met my ex-girlfriend. She turned out to be a crazy pyscho. How dare the Catholic church fail to protect me from such people. What do they expect? For me to take responsibilities for my own actions? I am American damn it! I don't have to do anything! By the way, is this MySpace lawsuit going to be a class action suit? I met some girls that turned out to be old men and I want to sue for a ga-gillion dollars.
Ugh, why is a website any more liable than a personal ad in a newspaper? This is bogus beyond belief.
Where was her MOTHER ?? Maybe she should sue her for not protecting her. What 14 yr old needs to go on a date??!
I agree, where was mom. What is with parents today, are they completely clueless? Myspace should be age verified with a credit card, 18 and over, and the credit card must be entered to view and accept friend invitations, and messages can only be accepted by approved friends (this for parents who set up accounts for there under 18 kids). Credit cards will be charged a nominal $1.50 per month so to deter "kids" from sneaking there parents credit cards to create the account, the $1.50 will appear on the bill and alert any unsuspecting parent.
The $1.50 charge per month may also deter individuals that set up thousands of profiles for spam purposes...or at least it will make them pay.
You know what, its rediculous for someone to sue MySpace for the simple fact that it wasnt the site that gave out the girl's number or address!!! how retarded are people to think that just because something isnt the way they want it to be that suing a company (for something they didnt really do)is going to make it their way. Please....if your life didnt turn out the way you wanted it to are you going to sue yourself for it? GET OVER, ITS YOUR WON FAULT IF YOU GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE NET!!!!!
It's a parenting issue not a Myspace issue. There are parental controls for Windows and Macs to restrict any site you wish.
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