View Full Version : Facebook finally adds panic button

12-07-2010, 07:22 PM
Site reaches agreement with Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

Facebook has agreed to the placing of an alert button on users' profile pages following months of discussions with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

The button, which Facebook had resisted for some time, can be used by young people to report inappropriate behaviour on the social networking site.

CEOP said that Facebook users of all ages, but particularly those aged between 13 and 18, will benefit from the button, which links to help and information from CEOP.

"Our dialogue with Facebook about adopting the ClickCEOP button is well documented, but today is a good day for child protection," said CEOP chief executive Jim Gamble.

"By adding this application, Facebook users will have direct access to all the services that sit behind our ClickCEOP button which should provide reassurance to every parent with teenagers on the site."

Pressure on Facebook to introduce greater protection for its younger users increased earlier this year when it emerged that murdered teenager Ashleigh Hall had met her killer on the site.

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