Facebook introduced the function of protecting children from pedophiles

    The popular social network Facebook decided to place a special “panic button” on the pages of its young users, through which you can complain about suspicious messages or actions addressed to them.


    The British branch of the social network surrendered under the onslaught of the Center for the Protection of Children from Online Violence. The so-called virtual “panic button” is intended for children and adolescents. It allows the child to contact specialists if he is confused by the behavior of the Internet interlocutor. Now, through the company's support service, a signal is sent to human rights defenders, and they consider each individual case from the point of view of law and morality. All messages marked as suspicious by minors will be sent directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center (CEOP), the online safety and protection center for children. CEOP Executive Director Jim Gamble said that the panic button would be a deterrent for pedophiles on Facebook, and noted that the number of complaints

    The reason for the introduction of enhanced Internet security measures on Facebook was the tragic story of 17-year-old Briton Ashley Hall. On the pages of the social network, she met with what she thought was a 16-year-old teenager, who turned out to be a real killer maniac. The parents of the deceased girl, along with officials, insisted that a “panic button” appear on the social network. Placing a button is a voluntary matter, and the account owner will have to place it on his page himself. An advertising message will be shown to all Facebook users aged 13 to 18 to inform the target audience.

    Facebook is not the first Internet project to start a collaboration with CEOP. Similar features are available on Bebo and Microsoft MSN Chat social media pages.

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