Each of the girls was allegedly lured into meetings with men who had chatted them up on MySpace then plied them with drugs or alcohol and sexually abused them, according to the suits filed in Los Angeles.
Here's what their chief security officer Hemanshu Nigam had to say in response:
"MySpace serves as an industry leader on Internet safety and we take proactive measures to protect our members.''
"Ultimately, internet safety is a shared responsibility. We encourage everyone to apply commonsense offline safety lessons in their online experiences and engage in open family dialogue about smart web practices.''How about that? An industry leader on internet safety? Hhmm, we can only be glad Mr Nigam doesn't work in the airline industry.
And of course let's throw responsibility back to the family.
As Adam Loewy, a lawyer for some of the girls, said: "Blaming the families of abuse victims who were solicited online, as some have done, is a cynical excuse that ignores the fact that social networking sites can lead to heinous abuse by internet predators.''
Myspace is definitely in need of a more adept public spokesperson.
Thing is, there's a serious and complex issue here. One that may well be beyond the capacity of Myspace to solve regardless of the technical solutions they attempt.
But it does looks like this is one of the ways next generation social networking sites will find their mark.