A 14-year-old Travis County girl who said she was sexually assaulted by a Buda man she met on MySpace.com sued the popular social networking site Monday for $30 million, claiming that it fails to protect minors from adult sexual predators.The lawsuit claims that the Web site does not require users to verify their age and calls the security measures aimed at preventing strangers from contacting users younger than 16 "utterly ineffective."
Wow. What is the world coming to? I thought we got over the sue-happy days when it was a good idea to take a bite out of McDonalds to recover from stupidly spilling coffee on yourself.
I believe that people are responsible for what information we put on the Internet. That means that the parents need to teach their kids about the dangers of the 'net, just like saying "don't take candy from a stranger." Parents: I highly recommend finding out who that boy is that your daughter is cruising around with -- and maybe even find out where she met him.
Hell, she could have posted her address and phone number on an unmoderated Geocities webpage or on a Usenet news group! A reaction to the news article:
By Stav June 20, 2006 09:20 PM
‘“None of this has to be true,” the lawsuit said.’ Why don’t you just sue the whole internet? “The internet does nothing to protect promiscuous teenage girls who give out their phone numbers to total strangers. You can lie about yourself!” eyeroll
Wow, you can LIE! I didn't know that! I have sixteen fingers on my left hand. Where are the truth police?