A 14 year old girl and her mother are suing MySpace for $30million for a date gone wrong.
According to the lawsuit, the Texas girl was misled by Pete Solis, a 19 year old on MySpace, who claimed that he was a high school senior (although it’s not impossible that a high school senior could be 19). After exchanging email addresses and telephone numbers, and talking for a month or so, they went on a date. The 14 year old and her mother now claims that Solis “sexually assaulted” her during that date.
They claim that MySpace didn’t have enough protections in place.
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Now, here is where it gets interesting – Pete Solis is now counter-suing, claiming that she lied in her MySpace profile, claiming that she was 15.
Those familiar with MySpace know that if you sign up and are 14 or under, you are given a private profile, which can’t be found or viewed by anyone unless they already know you and are already added to your friends list, or they have your email address or MySpace i.d. In other words, it’s not a public profile.
But by claiming to be 15, this girl would bypass those protections and get a public profile.
This will be an interesting case to watch from a legal and Internet law perspective.
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If you are interested, you can read my personal observations on the 14 year old suing MySpace over her date with Pete Solis here.
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