Facebook To Add 'Panic Button'?

Posted: Mar 18 2010, 12:14pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:05pm CDT, in News | Technology News

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In the wake of a terrible crime, Facebook may be adding in new safety measures to allow users to report suspicious behavior. The BBC reports that the social media site had a meeting with members of the English government over how to improve their security. Home Secretary Alan Johnson says that Facebook executives noted "no objection" to installing a Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) abuse reporting button.

Ceop officials will meet with Facebook on April 12 in Washington to discuss the matter further. While nothing has been decided yet, it seems very likely that we will see the Ceop panic button, or something very similar, added to Facebook.

Unfortunately, this seems like one of those safety measures that is better for looking impressive than it is at actually stopping abuse. As always, the best defense is to be wary of anyone you meet online. Don't give out your personal information, and never agree to meet someone from the Internet anywhere but a well-lit, well-populated area.

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