Social media sites are fast becoming part of daily life. People can “connect” with other individuals to associate with friends, share messages, and post pictures. People can communicate with others via the Internet to inquire about jobs, apartments, and news events. When individuals use these sites to commit crimes, however, the question then arises as to who is accountable for the crimes committed.

For this Discussion, select one of the following cases: Kathleen Edward or Philip Markoff. Review the case you selected and consider the potential accountability of the Internet site (Facebook or Craigslist) for the crime committed.

Kathleen Edward (2010)

Kathleen Edward of Trenton, Michigan, was a 7-year-old girl dying of Huntington’s disease. As she battled her disease, she was subjected to cyber-bullying by her 33-year-old neighbor, Jennifer Petkov. Petkov used her Facebook page to post hateful messages, such as “I can’t wait until you die,” and ghoulish art of Kathleen, including Kathleen’s face under a skull and crossbones. Petkov also posted a doctored picture of Kathleen’s mother,who had died a year earlier of Huntington’s disease, being held by the Grim Reaper. Eventually a restraining order was placed against Petkov.

Philip Markoff (2009)

Philip Markoff was a Boston University medical student who became known as the “Craigslist Killer.” This was primarily because he found his victims via their advertisements posted on Craigslist. Markoff utilized this Internet site to contact his victims, such as Julissa Brisman, a masseuse found dead in a hotel room after her appointment with Markoff. He robbed and attacked two other women he connected with via the use of Craigslist before getting caught. He committed suicide while in jail awaiting trial.

Post by Day 4 the name of the case you selected. Then provide your position on the degree to which the Internet site should be held accountable for the crimes that occurred using the site.

One and a half page with at least two reference….

It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT presenting an explanation from the context of ethics and the readings for this class

To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for this assignments 1) look at the page limits 2) review and follow APA rules 3) create subheadings to identify the key sections you are presenting and 4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.


  • Course Text: Taylor, R. W., Fritsch, E. J., & Liederbach, J. (2015). Digital crime and digital terrorism. (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
    • Chapter 3, “The Criminology of Computer Crime”
  • Article: Foley, J. (2007). Are Google searches private? An originalist interpretation of the Fourth Amendment in online communication cases. Berkeley Technology Law Journal, 22(1), 447–475.
  • Article: Henson, B., Reyns, B. W., & Fisher, B. S. (2011). Security in the 21st century: Examining the link between online social network activity, privacy, and interpersonal victimization. Criminal Justice Review, 36(3), 253–268.
  • Article: Is it legal?: Privacy. (2011). Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, 60(2), 68, 81–82.
  • Article: Kumar, A., & Kumar, P. (2010). Managing privacy of user generated information in a Web 2.0 world. Journal of Information Privacy & Security, 6(2), 3–16.

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