Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Facebook Finally Bows to Child Protection Calls

Child ProtectionFacebook has bowed to pressure and provided a new application which allows young users to report suspicious behaviour. All users of the social networking site will be able to access an advice centre from their home page where they will be able to report suspected grooming or inappropriate sexual behaviour.

It is the result of Facebook and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre joining forces. An advertisement for the service will appear on the home page of all users aged between 13 and 18.

In the past, Facebook has been accused of arrogant complacency in the face of soaring complaints about online paedophiles. Child protection teams have said cases involving bullies and sexual predators trebled on the networking site this year yet Facebook snubbed repeated requests to install a vital panic button.

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