Family sues myspace over sexual assault

The family of a teenage girl who says she was sexually assaulted by a 19-year-old man she met on MySpace.com asked a U.S. appeals court Monday to revive their lawsuit against the social networking website.

A federal judge in Austin, Texas, dismissed the US$30 million suit in February 2007, rejecting the family’s claim that MySpace has a legal duty to protect its young users from sexual predators.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks also ruled that interactive computer services like MySpace are immune from such lawsuits under the Communications Decency Act of 1996. (link)

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