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Facebook panic button prompts surge in abuse reports

ICT Desk |
Update: 2010-08-15 00:23:33
Facebook panic button prompts surge in abuse reports

More than 200 UK Facebook users have reported suspicious behavior following the launch of a "panic button" application last month, figures show.

It was launched on 11 July. The application was launched after months of negotiations between Ceop and Facebook, which had resisted the idea.

Facebook welcomed the figures but said there was not one answer to net safety.

"It`s great news that so many users have interacted with ClickCeop by downloading the application or by liking their page," said Joanna Shields of the firm

"There is no single answer to making the internet safer but Ceop have taken a great step forward by setting up their ClickCeop page."

The latest figures show that 211 people have used the site`s ClickCeop button since then, compared with 28 users in the month before its launch.

However, Ceop would not say whether the 211 reports represent an unusually high number or whether it had ever received more reports from Faceook in the past.

The organisation said that the application, which allows users to report abuse to Ceop with one click, has been downloaded more than 55,000 times.

BDST: 1655 HRS, 15 August 2010

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