Facebook FINALLY Surrenders to Criticism & Adds “Panic Button”

Facebook Bows to Pressure!

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled: Why is Facebook Panicking about the Panic Button? Thoughts & Insights. The main reason for that post was trying to figure out why Facebook was refusing to add the Panic Button and speculating the reasons behind such a decision.

However, it seems that Facebook has finally bowed to the pressure and began providing a new application which allows young users to report suspicious behavior.

What Does This Application Do?

This application allows all Facebook users to access an advice center from their home page where they will be able to report suspected grooming or inappropriate sexual behavior.

Joanne Shields, Facebook’s vice president, acknowledges that the new app likely won’t be a “silver bullet” of social networking safety. She insists that the industry, the parents, the police and the young people themselves need to be well educated about their online activities and the threats that might face them as a result.

Why is Facebook Panicking about the Panic Button? Thoughts & Insights

Facebook has announced an overhaul of its online safety measures that include the redesign of its abuse reporting system… But the web giant is still blocking calls from Britain’s child protection agency to add “panic buttons” to its pages. Read more here

This articles, along with many others, have been buzzing with news about Facebook’s refusal to add the “panic button” feature as a part of its safety measures.

Facebook: In a pickle… again!

The Panic Button!

The Panic Button!

It seems that sex offenders, murderers and stalkers are seeing Facebook as a great and effortless platform for seducing and attracting children and causing tremendous disturbances in families and in the overall safety of the community!

Police chiefs signed a letter backing the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) center, which wants the link on every page of the website. However, despite the pressure Facebook is being put under, it is still in utter resistance mode when it comes to the implementation of this step! To complicate matters further for Facebook, several other social networking sites, including Bebo, have installed the button.

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