Facebook finally releases 'panic button' for children

Site teams up with Ceop to protect children online

Facebook joins the crowd of social networking sites with a 'panic button'

In a deal that has taken months to iron out, Facebook has finally agreed to launch a ‘panic button’, which would allow children to report abuse to the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

It’s been well documented that initially Facebook was resistant to the proposal assuring users that it’s own reporting system was more than adequate to handle the concerns raised.

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Whilst other sites had agreed to the scheme (Bebo, Myspace), it was Facebook that had been viewed as dragging it's feet after Ceop started calling for 'panic buttons' on social networking sites last November.

Facebook have said they’re happy with the deal saying in a statement to the BBC:

"We still have the Facebook reporting system and by having a pre-packaged application that users play an active part in, you not only help keep them safe, it makes all of their friends aware too, and acts as a viral awareness campaign.”

Link: Facebook (via BBC)