Facebook panic button leads to rise in abuse reports

650% more abuse reported through the new app

A new app that allows Facebook users to report suspicious behaviour online seems to be a success.

The ClickCEOP app on Facebook has been launched by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre; it is responsible for a rise in reports of abuse on Facebook by up to 650 per cent.

211 people have used it to report suspicious behaviour, compared to the 28 people who reported abuse on the social networking site before the application came into existence. The 'panic' button was created with the aim of protecting children from online abuse, suspected grooming, bullying and other deviant behaviour.

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Facebook's vice-president for Europw, Joanna Shields, commented on the app, saying, "There is no single answer to making the internet safer but CEOP has taken a great step forward by setting up their ClickCEOP page. It now means that they can have an ongoing dialogue with thousands of Facebook users, educating them about how to stay safe online in a place and language they are familiar with."

The app has been downloaded by 55,000 users since its launch.

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Via: TechRadar