Myspace Being Sued by Parents

Legal attacks against Myspace are mounting.

Attorney generals in dozens of states have filed complaints against the popular social networking website.

And now, five families are suing Myspace, after five teenage girls claim they were sexually assaulted by men they met through the site.

Like millions of people around the world, they posted their profiles on the popular website Myspace.com

And it was through that website, five teenage girls in five different cities claim they were attacked. Jason Itkin Attorney for the Families explains, "They were lured from their homes and brutally sexually assaulted."

Now, the girls' families are suing the Beverly Hillsbased website and its parent company, News Corp saying the company does not do enough to protect children. "The reason these young children were able to come into contact with these sexual predators was because Myspace lacks the type of safety precautions necessary to protect young children," Itkin says.

In response to the attacks, Myspace stepped up its safety protections in the past week announcing plans to install parental monitoring software on the site.

It is also forwards amber alerts to its 100 million members.

But, Myspace emphasizes, "Ultimately, internet safety is a shared responsibility. We encourage everyone to apply common sense offline safety lessons in their online experiences and engage in open family dialogue about smart web practices."

Al Kush of Wiredsafety.org says, "It's kinda difficult for any internet agency that has 100 million members to really police all the activity that is going on." He also states that while he understands parents frustration, precedence does not support the lawsuits. "It'd be like suing a telephone company for somebody who's issuing a ransom demand over the phone. It's just a medium that these things are taking place on."

It could take two years before the cases go to trial.


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