The FBI, which at one point seized and operated one of the largest sites for distribution of Child Porn, Playpen (see here), has seized Backpage.com, the classifieds site that purportedly facilitated sex trafficking and pornography. The CEO of Backpage was also recently arrested.
More details are supposed to come shortly, the FBI reports, according to a post on backpage.com which states, “Additional information will be provided at around 6:00pm EST on Friday April 6th by the U.S. Department of Justice.
We would not be surprised that in connection with the seizure of the website, they will be ascertaining users of the site and more arrests will come. Just like they did with Playpen, this is likely another attempt to fish with a huge net and catch guppies.
Last month, US Congress passed legislation that would hold websites responsible for illegal content posted by its users. The new law directly conflicted with the Communications Decency Act, which provides immunity from liability for providers and users of an “interactive computer service” who publish information provided by others. The new law was concerning enough for Craigslist to remove their Personals section.
The one question remaining is; with Craigslist personals and Backpage.com gone, how will Sheriff Grady Judd spend his days?