21/04/2010 18:37 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Facebook Won't Fully Implement A Panic Button To Protect Children

Talks regarding the implementation of a panic button within Facebook, to increase the safety of children from online bullying and abuse, have broken down between police and Facebook management.

Officials at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) have confirmed that Facebook, one of the world's largest and most popular social networking sites, has refused to budge on the issue.

The site has attempted to compromise by offering police more information but, according to the Telegraph, police have said that this is "simply overdue" when other firms do this as standard.

The lack of action comes as a surprise for some, after witnessing the large amount of criticism Facebook has dealt with for not implementing the button.
The Ceop, police, children's charities, and politicians have all voiced their concern. Whilst the management behind Facebook have agreed to place the button on their safety and help areas, they're currently refusing to put it on any of their popular pages. They're also offering internet safety organisations the opportunity to advertise on the site for free, and they've given their current in-house abuse reporting system a bit of a revamp.

Whilst it's unclear why Facebook is refusing to make this move, they'll continue to be under pressure to implement the button, as campaigners believe it'll avoid another situation like that of Peter Chapman, who posed as a young boy on the site in order to kidnap and murder Ashleigh Hall.

Source: Telegraph