Monday, June 16, 2008
A woman is being charged for pretending to be a boy on MySpace and then harassing the thirteen-year-old girl next door. Finally, the girl killed herself. She is being charged under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This may not work as the law has never been used in this way. If it fails - well, as one lawyer says, 'You can't start imposing liability on people for being cruel.' This is an odd remark as we do that all the time - though, usually, it involves physical cruelty. Does the internet require a special crime of mental cruelty or is there one already? Perhaps I could sue some of my more abrasive commenters or that guy whose headline calling me a wanker is still on the front page of my Google search. It hurts, I tell you, it hurts.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 1:51 pm