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Stranger Chat Site Omegle Sued for Pairing Minor With Sex Abuser

July 14, 2022, 4:12 PM

The Communications Decency Act provides no defense for the operator of internet chat site that randomly paired an 11-year-old with a man who sexually abused her online, an Oregon US district judge ruled on Wednesday.

Judge Michael Mossman rejected the company’s motion to dismiss on those grounds, stating the defendant, Omegle LLC was being sued for a defective product design and not as a publisher.

The plaintiff, A.M., alleges she was 11 in 2014 when Omegle, operator of a free online chat room that randomly pairs strangers from around the world for one-on-one chats, connected her with Ryan Fordyce, who ...