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Facebook “panic button” for online child safety Announced

Facebook finally unveiled a “panic button” application on its social networking site aimed at children and teenagers, that’ll report abuse to UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and Facebook. “Once installed, the app appears on their homepage to say that “they’re in control online”.”

Ceop tasked with tracking down online sex offenders, called for a panic button to be installed on social networking sites in Nov 2009. Bebo became the first network to add the button with MySpace following suit, but Facebook resisted the change, saying its own reporting systems were sufficient. Pressure mounted on Facebook following the rape and murder of 17-year-old Ashleigh Hall by a 33-year-old convicted sex offender, posing as a teenage boy, who she met on Facebook.

Forty-four police chiefs in England, Wales and Scotland, signed a letter backing Ceop’s call for a panic button on every Facebook page.”


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