Facebook announces safety measures but no panic button

Darren Allan

April 13, 2010

Following a meeting in Washington with Jim Gamble, the CEO of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), Facebook has put some new child safety measures into action.

However, they don’t as yet include the addition of the by now infamous panic button on every page, as CEOP ideally wants.

(The panic button is a highly visible icon that allows a child to click and report any inappropriate material to CEOP).

After the four hour meeting (it was only supposed to last half as long, Mr Gamble told ITN News), Facebook has resolved to set up a 24 hour police hotline.

This will allow Facebook users to report any suspicious or offensive behaviour directly to child protection agencies.

One of Mr Gamble’s major concerns was the fact that the site hadn’t passed a single complaint about a suspected paedophile on to the police.

Facebook will also take further measures. Talking to the BBC, Richard Allen, Head of Policy in Europe for Facebook, said: “We’re going to build into our reporting structure an ability for people who are in the United Kingdom with relevant reports to go directly to CEOP.”

Facebook has also pledged to invest £5 million in an education campaign to raise awareness of online safety issues, to parents as well as kids.


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