Facebook asked to add panic buttons

UK child protection agency asks social networking site to implement measure.

The British child protection agency, Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) asked the social networking giant to add "panic buttons" to its pages during a meeting in Washington D C. Ceop's director Jim Gamble criticised the social networking site for not having such a feature on every page, and added that Ceop has received 252 complaints about Facebook in the last three months. Other social network sites such as Bebo have installed panic buttons on every user's page which is linked to Ceop's site.

Scotland Yard Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and chief constables from across England and Wales have also asked for the addition of the panic buttons in a letter to Facebook. Facebook had previously said it would not install a panic button on its main pages for users to report suspected paedophiles, but would further develop its existing system.