FAQS

I have heard that PredatorsWatch.com is a scam website? through the news media. is this true?

This is not true. We are a site that is true to what we claim. The reason why people are reporting the site to the news is because their reputations are at stake and they will lie or say anything to try and have it removed. We have no way of knowing if any of this is true or not

Can I believe allegations about sexual assault–do people make false accusations?

Most victims of sexual assault downplay what happen to them, and an unknown number of cases go unreported every year. This is often because the victim knows their assailant and does not report them out of self-blame, fear, or even out of a desire to protect their abuser. This is most true of child cases. If someone tells you they have been sexually abused, the best you can do is offer them your support in listening to them and getting them the help they need.

There are no sex offenders listed in my area. Does this mean that there are no offenders living near me?

If no registered sex offenders live in your area, do not get lax on caution. See the question “What precautions can I take to protect my family and myself?” for more information on being prepared even if there is no immediate danger. Also, sometimes PredatorsWatch.com is given addresses for a sex offender that could be one of two or more places. Rather than a sex offender at a faulty location, our website simply sends the offender and address to the people at our office, who then manually confirm the exact location of the offender. This process can sometimes take a few weeks. Be sure to check back regularly to make sure no new offenders have been pinpointed to your neighborhood.

What precautions can I take for the safety of my family and myself?

Prevention is the key, and the best place to learn prevention is in the home. The following are several suggestions from the Attorney General for how you can protect your children and yourself.

Can I pay Predators Watch to take down a post about me?

No. You may not pay us to take down a post about you. We would not take down a post for any amount of money. You can offer us $1,000, $10,000 or $100,000. We do not remove posts simply upon demand, request, nor as a result of threats, cajoling, or assertions of liability. We only remove posts if ordered to do so by a court order, the original poster or a trusted arbitrator.

Thinking about suing PredatorsWatch.com? Read this first!

The Law You Need To Know – The Communications Decency Act

Because we will not remove reports, PredatorsWatch.com has been sued on many occasions based on the content which our users have created and posted. If you are considering suing PredatorsWatch.com because of a profile which you claim is defamatory, you should be aware that to date, PredatorsWatch.com has never lost such a case. This is because of a federal law called the Communications Decency Act or “CDA”, 47 U.S.C. § 230. Because this important law is not well known, we want to take a moment to explain the law, and to also explain that the filing of frivolous lawsuits can have serious consequences for those who file them, both parties and their attorneys.

The CDA is part of our federal laws. An excellent Wikipedia article discussing the history of the law can be found here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_230_of_the_Communications_Decency_Act

In short, the CDA provides that when a user writes and posts material on an “interactive website” such as PredatorsWatch.com, the site itself cannot, be held legally responsible for the posted material. Specifically, 47 U.S.C. § 230(c)(1) states, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” Because the submitted profiles on PredatorsWatch.com are authored by users of the site, we cannot be legally regarded as the “publisher or speaker” of the reports contained here, and hence we are not liable for reports even if they contain false or inaccurate information (NOTE: we occasionally create editorial comments and other material, but when we do, this is clearly marked as such). The same law applies to sites like FaceBook, MySpace, and CraigsList – users who post information on these sites are responsible for what they write, but the operators of the sites are not.

The reasons for this law are simple. Websites cannot possibly monitor the accuracy of the huge volume of information which their users may choose to post. If an angry plaintiff were permitted to hold a website liable for information that the site did not create, this would stifle free speech as fewer and fewer sites would be willing to permit users to post anything at all. See generally Batzel v. Smith, 333 F.3d 1018, 1027-28 (9th Cir. 2003) (recognizing, “Making interactive computer services and their users liable for the speech of third parties would severely restrict the information available on the Internet. Section 230 [of the CDA] therefore sought to prevent lawsuits from shutting down websites and other services on the Internet.”)

So, why should you care about the CDA? Well, it’s simple – if someone posts false information about you on the PredatorsWatch.com, the CDA prohibits you from holding us liable for the statements which others have written. You can always sue the author if you want, but you can’t sue PredatorsWatch.com just because we provide a forum for speech.

Why does my name and profile appear in search engines when I search my name?

PredatorsWatch.com was developed to be highly visible in search engines to maximize the accessibility of the information we provide. The records for nearly all persons in our database can be accessed by searching the offenders name in Google, Yahoo and/or Bing.

Why are details about me available on this website?

If your name appears on our website, its because your information was submitted by someone else in the community who believes you committed actions consistent with that of an online sexual predator.

How can I obtain information on an offendor appearing on this website?

We cannot offer any information regarding offendors appearing on this site beyond what is provided on the website as we do not collect anymore information. To obtain information beyond what is reported on PredatorsWatch.com, you will need to contact the appropriate law enforcement agency.

How long do records remain published on PredatorsWatch.com?

We do not remove records when a time limit has expired. Records appearing on the site will remain published forever unless removal service is requested.

In the event my actions were false, will you remove my record?

No. PredatorsWatch.com lets users report other potential offendors, and due to the Communications Decency Act or “CDA”, 47 U.S.C. § 230 we cannot and will not be held liable for the validity and accuracy of the submissions of our users.