Facebook farce rumbles on

The Facebook farce is rumbling on as the British Government tries desperately not to lose, er, face in in spat with the vanity site over child protection.

After a visit from the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (Ceop), Farcebook said it would introduce new measures to "transform social networking safety". The development fails to go as far as adding the Ceop's panic button to the site's main pages, as the organisation demands. Rather, Facebook wants to first assess potential threats itself.

It said it is resdesigning its reporting system and establishing a 24-hour police hotline to deal with emergencies, investigations and prosecutions (no mention of persecutions, then. Dep Ed).

Ceop CEO, Jim Gamble, had a four-hour showdown with the site in Washington DC yesterday, after Home Secretary wossisface was sent packing by the site despite thinking he had a deal to install the Ceop button.

A miffed Gamble whined that Facebook had not not agreed to his demands outright, but said the plan was "one small step from doing the right thing".

UK Covernment pressure on the site follows the conviction rapist Peter Chapman who wooed schoolgirl Ashleigh Hall on the site, eventually murdering the unfortunate teenager.

Gamble said last week that Facebook had never passed any concerns on to British police despite the fact that complaints about the site are spiralling.

Facebook's reticence to install the Ceop button is looking more and more like an attempt to keep feedback statistics to itself.