November 28, 2008

Mixed Verdict in Meier Trial [11:16 am]

MySpace trial: Jury finds woman guilty of lesser charges (pdf)

Online safety experts said the verdict puts the onus on social networking sites to police their customers activities.

“I think the industry was hoping there would be a strong verdict blaming one user for abusing another because that way its not their fault,” said Linda Criddle, a safety expert. “These companies claim to have good standards and then do nothing to enforce them. They let people breach their terms and conditions and do nothing about it.”

See also Mother Convicted in MySpace Suicide Hoax Case and In the wake of MySpace verdict, could social networks do more to protect consumers?

Later: Lori Drew Is a Meanie: The problem with prosecuting cyber-bullying; from Slate.

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