Assaulted by someone you met online? Don’t sue the website

2 07 2009

Social networks like MySpace still cannot be held responsible for assaults that happen offline, according to California’s Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles. The court was asked to review the case of four underage girls (referred to as Julie Does) who, along with their parents, had sued MySpace for gross negligence and strict product liability after they were all sexually assaulted by older men whom they met on the service.

Despite the scary circumstances in which these events took place, the judge said that MySpace was protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and could not be held liable.

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