Neighbor found guilty in MySpace Hoax Case.
No one deserves to die over a revenge plot. To get revenge means to get even. However, let’s look at the facts of this case.
For those not familiar with the case, Lori Drew suspected that Megan Meier was spreading rumors about her daughter. So, together with her daughter, and Ashley Grills, they decided to get revenge on Megan. They posed as a handsome, fictional young boy, Josh Evans.
To make a long story short, they convinced Megan Meier that Josh was romantically interested in Megan, and in the end, they told Megan that “the world would be better off without her.” Megan committed suicide.
The case was so legally weak in Missouri, that they couldn’t find anything to charge Lori Drew on. So, to make an example of her, MySpace decided to make a case of it, claiming that she violated its Terms of Service agreement.
The problem is that many people don’t read the Terms of Service agreements of any site they join. When is the last time you fully read through a TOS?
The second problem is that many people play pranks on people everyday. Does that mean that each time someone plays a cruel prank and someone commits suicide, someone should go to jail?
What happens when you tell your spouse that you want a divorce, and he shoots his face off? Should you go to jail because you told him you want a divorce?
Yes, this is probably comparing apples to oranges, but however you feel about it, it’s going to change how people view their TOS agreements, and it’s probably going to change some Internet laws.
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