Facebook Agrees to Panic Button

Measure on UK site aims to fight online predators
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2010 3:37 AM CDT
Facebook Agrees to Panic Button
In this August 27, 2009 file photo, the social networking site Facebook login webpage is seen on a computer screen in Ottawa, Can.   (AP Photo.The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld, file)

(Newser) – Conceding to pressure from child protection advocates, Facebook has agreed to put a "panic button" on every page of its site in the UK. The button, aimed at children and teenagers, will send an alert to both Facebook and a government child protection agency. The agency had called for the button in the wake of the rape and murder of British teen Ashleigh Hall by a 33-year-old-sex offender posing as a teenage boy who she met on the site

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Facebook initially resisted the button, saying its own controls were sufficient. It agreed to the measure after months of negotiation and after 44 police chiefs in the UK signed a letter backing the call for a panic button on every Facebook page. Rival sites MySpace and Bebo also have the button. "Both sides are happy of where we have got to," a Facebook rep told the BBC.
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