AC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 3 Posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1608 times:
Quote: 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."
I just can't stand crap like this. Should a website be held legally responsible for the well-being of some teen who's stupid enough to meet people she talks to on MySpace? Hell no! Obviously the mother wasn't doing her job, and now she wants money for it? I'm sorry, but this is complete and utter BS.
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Cadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9081 posts, RR: 34 Reply 3, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1569 times:
Quoting AC773 (Thread starter): 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
IIRC, the min age for Myspace is 15-16 which leads me to beleive the girl is a) a slut cuz she knew dam well she was going to see an older guy, for what, bowling? BULLSHIT. b) shes a liar. c) Its her own dammed fault.
Its unfortunate that this had to happen but I dont feel sorry for someones stupidity.
Quoting AC773 (Thread starter): claiming that it fails to protect minors from adult sexual predators.
Well if your daughter wasnt a slut and went around muspace trolling for guys you wouldent be in the perdiciment you are in now, arent you?
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Mdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4101 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1558 times:
Stupid mother should be put in jail for not paying attention to her daughter. Nevertheless, they will make some money off the whole affair as MySpace will probably settle out of court, therefore making a mockery of the legal system.
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AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1524 times:
Only in the U.S. At other countries the lawyers and judges would probably laugh show the mother and the daughter the door. They're not going to get anything, the purpose of the court is not to make people rich(except lawyers), it's to compensate a person. I think they sued for 30 million? There's no way they will get that kind of money.
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1508 times:
You know I find it funny how underage girls venture down the path of having sex with older men they meet online then turn around and want to sue? Look, it works both ways. If a 15 year old girl wants to have sex trust me she is going to do so. The male is at fault, no question, but if a minor makes the mistake of giving her personal information to an older man she is doing it for one reason. Not saying the male is not at fault but believe me myspace is not responsible. Get a grip.
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1495 times:
On Myspace, whenever you set your age to be 14, your profile is set to private. This means only people you have added to your list of friends can see your page. So either this girl lied about her age, which some minors do (my girlfriend's cousin set her profile age to 17 when she's actually 14,) or she made a conscious decision to add this man to her list of friends, while this does not make assault OK, she should know better than to befriend strangers when she is a minor, but then again, this goes back to the responsible parenting which this cunt mother obviously has no idea of what that means.
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1487 times:
Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 7): If a 15 year old girl wants to have sex trust me she is going to do so. The male is at fault, no question, but if a minor makes the mistake of giving her personal information to an older man she is doing it for one reason.
Most of the time I would imagine they meet to get to know each other, I don't think they meet for sex(the female). If you're a girl and have teeth, you can pretty much get a guy from anywere, no need to look for people to have sex on the internet, it doesen't make any sense. It's the males that usually commit the crime but the females are the ones that commit the stupidity. You really have to be retarded or lacking any common sense to actually go out and meet somebody you met online.
On a side note where do these guys find these girls that are willing to give info. When I was in JR. high school and early high school when I used to chat on-line never did I come accross somebody that was willing to give any personal info.
Falcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1467 times:
She went on there of her own free will. MySpace isn't a babysitting agency, nor a law enforcement agency. She went out and met this guy on her own, of her own free will. And the parents obviously didn't know her whereabouts, either.
It's crap, and the mother should be held in contempt for wasting the court's time.
Airwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1452 times:
Quoting AC773 (Thread starter): 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.
It also fails to protect idiot minors from themselves, but we'll *never* see a suit about that, will we? Wouldn't they first have to prove that she actually *was* sexually assaulted before they could sue Myspace?
You know, I'm still waiting for the inevitable suit against NBC because some assaulted minor expected Dateline to show up and save them.
Quoting AC773 (Thread starter): 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."
...just like the mother's parenting.
I wonder if they realize they'll be going up against not only MySpace, but Fox as well. They probably don't, but hey, good luck trying to get anything from Rupert Murdoch.
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LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12364 posts, RR: 12 Reply 15, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1440 times:
MySpace and similar websites are facing many problems that may make it difficult for them to operate in the future. We have seen where chat rooms on Yahoo, MSN, AOL and others have been considerably changed, access much more limited or requiring extra payment to try and keep the kiddies out. Of course kids will always be looking for sex, relationships and perverts are out there looking for them, and now they all have the internet to help them.
All parents should have the computer in a public area of the home, not in the basement or the kids bedroom. They should frequently look over the shoulder of their kids on line. They should put in and learn how to use filters. Most of all, they need to limit the time they spend on line, not allow installation of certain programs and try to figure out how to use a computer themselves to look for signs of undesirable use.
WellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1414 times:
This is wonderful. Whenever someone posts a story about a sexual predator, there are cries for hot pokers to be jammed in their eye sockets, a genital guillotine and for them to be drawn and quartered. Now when there's something that could lead to greater protections for minors, they start crying about that, saying the children deserve to be sexually assaulted. Well, which one is it? Why isn't anyone bitching about the parents of the person accused of sexually assaulting this girl? Or why aren't they bitching about their own parents? These people (other than the uber-cautious TedTAce, obviously, who's family is quite proud of him) expect us to believe they never lied to their parents, snuck out of the house, hung out with people they weren't supposed to, etc. They are too busy trying to blame someone instead of looking for a solution to the problem. You're not fooling anyone.
Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5251 posts, RR: 55 Reply 18, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1401 times:
Quoting LSPA (Reply 12): almost as stupid as the lady that spills coffee on her while driving and causing an accident. Then sues mcDonalds because the coffee was too hot
Actually the two are nothing alike - do an actual Internet search for information about the case (Liebeck v. McDonalds) rather than relying on the inaccurate information you've gotten spoonfed via a sensationalist media.
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Thats all good, but what most of us are discussing here is how people take this into their advantage, so instead of doing this to help other children so they won't go through the same, its all about the money.
WellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1386 times:
Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 19): what most of us are discussing here is how people take this into their advantage, so instead of doing this to help other children so they won't go through the same, its all about the money.
Out of the 19 replies, 4 have mentioned the money. That doesn't qualify as 'most'.
ManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 2977 posts, RR: 51 Reply 21, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1379 times:
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MySpace, and other similar sites, are a way to communicate among people. The telephone and a newspaper publishing "men looks for a woman" ads are also ways to communicate among people.
Therefore I think the next lawsuit will be against the phone company, or against the publisher of aforementioned newspaper, because someone was sexually assaulted by someone else (s)he knew thanks to the phone or the newspaper.
This is ridiculous. It's just like some judge in Switzerland who wanted the Internet Service Provider to be liable for web sites located outside Swiss borders, just because people are using the Swiss ISP to surf on the Internet...
ManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 2977 posts, RR: 51 Reply 24, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1355 times:
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Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 22): How many are critisising the mother and the daughter for sueing the company alone?
I'm not sure, what else can one say? It's disgusting that things like these happen, but the problem isn't the company. It's the people who use the company's services. Heck, one can get sexually assaulted after meeting someone in a pub. Would you sue the pub?
It's all a matter of education in my opinion. This doesn't mean getting raped is a good thing - only that you won't make things better by looking for someone to be considered guilty who isn't guilty at all.
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25 AirPacific747: Wow I must say I am positively surprised by your very detailed answer to my question [Edited 2006-06-20 22:01:13]
26 AirPacific747: No and would anyone sue the pub for 30 million dollars for that? It has nothing to do with the pub, only the person that assaulted you.[Edited 2006-0
27 WellHung: Like this? You conveniently ignored the statistics in my first response and attempted to change the subject with an inconsequential and unrelated 'ye
28 Dtwclipper: And in a related story: Teen involved in MySpace romance charged with being a runaway June 20, 2006 Email this Print this By TOM KRISHER ASSOCIATED PR
29 AirPacific747: Exactly! LOL! I love how you're formulating this. Anyway, your first statistics are useless if they are not compared to how many are critisising the
30 SATX: May I suggest that you try not to chastise people and situations you haven't bothered to research? Read. Learn. Then think before typing. Terms like
31 Jafa39: When I first read this I thought you had written "a.net slag"!!! Plenty of them eh? BTW the lawsuit is utter BS.."Oooh, I pulled a guy on the net and
32 TheSorcerer: The parents have obviously made a mistake somewhere down the road if the girl thinks it's smart to meet up with some guy that she doesn't even know. N
33 ManuCH: In case someone's interested, I've found this interesting link, as we're talking about the McDonald's hot coffee case: http://www.lectlaw.com/files/c
34 WellHung: You said most people were talking about money, yet it is clear you are mistaken. If you meant that most people were talking about the lawsuit, you sh
35 GOCAPS16: from the article.... "Founded in 2003, MySpace has more than 80 million registered users worldwide and is the world's third most-viewed Web site, acco
36 AirPacific747: lol I really don't know why I am continuing with this discussion. Anyway, I meant what I said. Again, I am sure more people talked about the amount o
37 SATX: From what I've seen, obviously frivolous lawsuits make up less than 1% of all lawsuits and yet receive 99% of all media attention. When folks on FOX
38 LSPA: it lacks common sense. I've just read it through on Wickipedia and I have to continue to stick to my story. I believe that accidents like these are s
39 WellHung: It's going nowhere because no matter how 'sure' you are, the numbers clearly tell a different story.
40 SATX: "Big money" is often a myth. Most of the larger awards are reduced to a small fraction of whatever the jury originally agreed to on appeal and then r
41 LSPA: This is not chastising people at all actually. It's making a comparison of famous, in Europe known as stupid, lawsuits. Another example would be the