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Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Facebook 'Pedophile Panic Button'?

Facebook spokespersons told the BBC they have "no problem" installing a "panic button" which would allow users to report suspected pedophiles. The conviction of Peter Chapman for the rape and murder of 17-year old Ashleigh Hall lead authorities in this direction.

While some criticized the site for not having instituted such a policy earlier, the truth is that it is kind of reactionary. A second meeting will occur on April 12th between authorities and Facebook executives, but look forward to seeing the "Panic Button" sometime this year. I do not know if this will be a sitewide institution or will only appear to European users.

The button will alert child protection services, so while the focus is on pedophilia, my assumption is that it will also be used to combat suspected cyberbullying.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

1 comment:

Manodogs said...

44 Scottish and British police chiefs are now backing the "panic button" feature.