Why Did Facebook Reject CEOP's Panic Button?

The meeting between Jim Gamble, the CEO of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and Joe Sullivan, the chief security officer of Facebook did not influence the social networking website to implement the "panic button" feature.

In theory, this feature would have allowed children who feel at risk to get in touch directly with CEOP staff members, counsellors and advisors without even leaving the social networking website.

So why did Facebook canned the CEOP idea of a Panic button? The world's biggest social networking website might believe that there's a better way to do it and the fact that it launched a new safety center today proves it.

Then we seriously think that the company has been miffed by the attitude of the CEOP which tried very hard to strong arm Facebook to implement the button.

Note that the centre was not mentioned in the final press release issued today by Facebook to announce the safety centre.

Others, such as WiredSafety, ConnectSafely, Childnet International, Common Sense Media, the BBC, the Family Online Safety Institute and the NPCC have all been mentioned instead.

A panic button may have been viewed by Facebook as a Pandora box, one which would be very difficult to administer and could potentially lead to litigious situations, ending up becoming a serious obstacle to the ambitions of the 400-million member network.

The apparent stand-off between the CEOP and Facebook reminds us of the case of Youtube where the content providers were also critical of the refusal by the Google-owned online video service to provide with a more direct way of reporting copyrighted content.