Anti-paedophile agency slags off Facebook
Despite having never stumbling into an online paedophile in all my days as a virtual mooch, it's pretty clear that the internet is rife with blokes furious tugging at their scrotums whilst looking at pictures of the children I haven't even had yet.
I know this because there's a constant trickle of news stories warning me about the perils of online fiddlers. Even Richard Blackwood was so angered by the plight of our vulnerable children that he was willing to risk 'smelling like hammers' on a TV show a while back which was in no way making light of the hysterical and often hypocritical approach to the press and campaigners.
And now, the chief of the national anti-paedophile agency has launched the latest attack against the web, this time with Facebook in the crosshairs, branding the social networking sight's refusal to publish an official "panic button" on users' profiles as "arrogant".
Jim Gamble, chief executive of CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), publicised figures today showing more complaints to investigators about Facebook. He said that the group had received 252 complaints about Facebook in the first three months of this year, compared to 297 in the whole of 2009.
Gamble wants Facebook to agree to publish a CEOP-branded panic button. Facebook keep telling him to piss off.
Gamble said: "None [of the 252 reports received this year by CEOP] came direct from Facebook. If their system is so robust and they are receiving so many reports and concerns from young people, then where are they? Is Facebook so arrogant that it does not matter what the collective child protection community think? Do they want to be the website of choice for bullies, for dangerous individuals, for rapists and murderers?"
Yes. Facebook are clearly working on a way of attracting rapists and murderers to help their image around the world.
This comes on the back of a Microsoft and Bebo agreeing to publish the button, despite the fact that no-one uses them or they're closing down pretty soon.
Weirdly, Gamble's group hasn't gone after MySpace in the same manner (which, statistically has a higher percentage of teenagers using it compared to Facebook) who also refuse to feature a panic button.