Social networking giant Facebook has announced that the company will be working towards strengthening its online safety measures. The announcement came after a 4-hour long meeting with the heads of Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) in Washington.
However, the social network has refused to install the CEOP Panic Button. The Panic Button is designed to give direct access to police officials and CEOP staff members, when a child or parents suspect anyone of being a paedophile, on a social networking website.
The Panic Button, which has been praised by the government and child protection organisations alike, has failed to find its way to the pages of the world's largest social networking, even though platforms like Bebo and MSN were among the first to adopt it.
Facebook, which has over 400 million users world wide, reported that it will work along side police authorities and invest £5 million on online safety education and awareness. The company also mentioned that it will overhaul its abuse reporting system, which will forward relevant complaints from UK users, directly to CEOP.
Expressing his views of Facebook's new online safety plans, Jim Gamble, CEOP Director, said in statement that “I am more optimistic than when I came. They are not saying, 'No,' that is very clear. But they were equally direct and they came with their own agenda. There is no doubt they are looking to improve.”