Facebook backs away from CEOPS panic button

Facebook seems to have backtracked once again on pleas for it to install a panic button on its site, that might - just might - help kids avoid online encounters with paedophiles

Yesterday, after being leaned on the the Briitish Home Secretary, Facebook said it had "no objections" to added the button to the pages. Some quoted Facebook as saying "No objections, in principle."

It seems that, in practice, the button is a step too far for the social notworking site.

The company said it will have links to organisations including the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) centre on its reporting pages. But this fails to please Ceop which thinks there should be a button on every page.

Home secretary Alan Johnson said he had a "frank exchange of views" in meetings with some Facebook faces yeterday. He said - and the BBC reported - that Facebook had no objections to adding the button.

Since then, ex-MP and now Facebook spinmeister Richard Allan, has said the button was "for other sites", and not for Facebook.

Ceop says children make around 500 reports a month by clicking on the button. It said four per day are from a child apparently in "immediate danger".

Facebook thinks it will deface its pages, however, and can't come up with a decent reason to boycott the button.