Lori Drew, the Biggest Myspace Cyberbully, Gets Indicted

Sheila · 05/16/08 10:18AM

The MySpace suicide case of thirteen-year-old Megan Meier, who killed herself after being tormented via Myspace by her neighbor Lori Drew—a grown adult woman posing as a teenage boy—is yet another argument for the Internet to be shut down. (Radar named Drew the most hated people online.) Now, she has been indicted "in a highly unusual use of a federal law generally employed in computer fraud cases." [NYT]

MySpace avoids liability in Megan Meier suicide, victim of terms of use breach

Jackson West · 05/15/08 05:20PM

MySpace's contention that the social network was a victim, and not an enabler, in the suicide of Missouri teenager Megan Meier has paid off. A federal grand jury has indicted Lori Drew on one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization, with each count carrying a maximum of five years. The indictment cited how Drew and other unnamed coconspirators breached MySpace's terms of use by creating a fake account to trade messages with Meier, and "used the information obtained over the MySpace computer system to torment, harass, humiliate, and embarrass the juvenile MySpace member."

MySpace plays legal victim in 13 year old's suicide

Nicholas Carlson · 04/02/08 12:00PM

In October 2006, 19 year old Ashley Grills, posing as a romantically-inclined boy named Josh Evans, sent 13-year-old Missourian Megan Meier a MySpace message: "the world would be a better place without you." Later that night, Meier hanged herself. Now Los Angeles police are prosecuting. Their target? Not Ashley Grills, interviewed by Good Morning America in the clip above. Prosecutors say Grills was just acting on the behest of her employers: Meier's neighbors, Curt and Lori Drew. Granted immunity, Grills will take the witness stand against them. Late last year, it looked like MySpace might face legal trouble for its role in Meiers's death, but after police in Missouri refused to press charges against the Drews, the Fox Interactive company dodged that bullet, positioning itself as a victim of the Drews' fraud. Just like Meier.