An interesting piece:
Is it legal for a website to publish the names and photos of persons its users claim are criminal informants (often referred to as “rats” or “snitches”), or undercover police agents? A website called “Who’s a Rat” says it is doing just that.
While it’s understandable that judges and the police are outraged by the site, the site appears perfectly legal – and it seems it will remain so, unless it ever were to actually threaten informants or undercover agents.
Absent such a threat, the content of the web site is protected by the First Amendment. In this column, I’ll explain why – drawing upon a key precedent relating to speech online that may be linked to potential real-world violence.