Yahoo! sued over Group used for child porn [USA]

Author: OUT-LAW News, Published on: 13 May 2005

Yahoo! has been sued by an unnamed minor and his parents after his picture was circulated on a Yahoo! Group that was used by a child porn ring…The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas…it also targets an individual, Mark Bates, the creator of what was known as the Candyman Group…The Candyman Group allowed collectors and distributors of child pornography to use on-line resources to retrieve and distribute child pornography and was the target of a one-year undercover FBI investigation, which led to the site being shut down in 2002…The suit also accuses Yahoo! of breaching its responsibilities by allowing the group to distribute child pornography. The company is accused of knowing what the group was doing, but doing nothing to stop the distribution of the illegal images…Yahoo! has made no comment on the case.

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