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FB Users Can Report Sex Offenders With the New 'Panic Button'

by Tanya Thomas on July 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM
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 FB Users Can Report Sex Offenders With the New 'Panic Button'

After several please from the online world, Facebook has finally complied. The popular social networking site is all set to launch a child safety 'panic button' for users to report sexual abuse.

The button would help users to report abuse to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) and Facebook.

Ceop, the government law enforcement agency tasked with tracking down online sex offenders, called for a panic button to be installed on social networking sites last November.

Pressure mounted on Facebook to make the change 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.

"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," BBC News quoted Jim Gamble, Ceop's chief executive, as saying.

Source: ANI

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