Sunday, January 06, 2019
Vigilante groups with no law enforcement authority entrap people on the Internet for interest in minors and shame them publicly
Brandy Zadrozny writes for NBC a story about vigilante groups that function much like Chris Hansen’s “To Catch a Predator” in the 2000s.
The groups are apparently particularly effective in entrapping young gay men, if they answer dark web or even social media ads for possibly minor gay men.
The result is often a public shaming online, although you would think platforms would take these down.
But the groups do not have the authority of law enforcement and might be guilty of impersonating law enforcement.