Deep Pockets Files: More Myspace suits

by Ted Frank on January 19, 2007

“Four families have sued News Corp. and its MySpace social-networking site after their underage daughters were sexually abused by adults they met on the site, lawyers for the families said Thursday.” (Jessica Mintz, AP/LA Times, Jan. 19). Earlier: Jul. 19 and links therein.

Update: Link fixed.


1 Amsterdamsky 01.19.07 at 2:31 am

So Myspace will be a registered sex offender in Georgia now like the Mother who didn’t do enough to stop her 15 year old daughter from having sex?

2 jb 01.19.07 at 9:28 am

Now, Myspace doesn’t let you claim to be under 18 in your profile, or search for under-18-year-olds. They don’t require proof of being over 18 (does anything, besides social security numbers, really tell this? Some under-18s have credit cards, I doubt they could tap into a driver’s license database, etc).

So what is this “more” that they could do? If a 14-year-old claims to be 18, gets a myspace, meets an adult, and gets abused, well, (s)he’s just defrauded myspace. Victims of fraud, in general, ought not to be legally liable for not seeing through the hoax.

3 Coyote 01.19.07 at 3:03 pm

Many of these sad stories involve telephone contact at some point. Why doesn’t anyone sue the phone company for facilitating such contact?

4 nevins 01.19.07 at 5:57 pm

Why stop there. They traveled and probably fornicated in cars made by giant multinational corporations.

5 LAN3 01.20.07 at 6:41 am

Good idea, Nevins– technically, it was all those cars that were violating the old Mann Act, transporting a woman across state lines for immoral purposes.

Plus a good dose of litigation like this could really stick the last nail in Amtrak’s coffin.

6 Melvin 01.21.07 at 1:05 pm

Only one hole in the idea, though–if the GIRL went on HER own, in whatever way, and SHE went to HIM, HE couldn’t be prosecuted even under the Mann Act.

7 Amsterdamsky 01.22.07 at 12:54 pm

“Why stop there. They traveled and probably fornicated in cars made by giant multinational corporations. ”

Classic one coyote. I might put that on my wall.

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