Thank you for sharing an exceptional article.
If these men are “menaces,” then what should be our recourse?
I agree that stripping away the protections provided by 47 U.S.C. § 230 would be a dangerous misstep. However, if these men participated in “sanitizing” advertisements for child sex, then they are criminals. It is a mistake to excuse these men as mere “mercenaries and menaces.” If it is true that they actively “sanitized” solicitations for child sex, they are no longer protected by 47 U.S.C. § 230. Ferrer & Co. then become active participants in ensuring that child sex predators elude law enforcement. To borrow a phrase, they become, “the developer of content.”
Concluding that here, § 230 does not protect Ferrer & Co. should not affect the argument that we cannot allow § 230 to be butchered to bring down a trio of awful men.
Granted, you could privately think these “menaces” do belong behind bars. And if that is so, I think it is worth mentioning.