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09 MARCH 2010

Police criticise Facebook safety record after Ashleigh Hall murder

"Senior police officers clashed with the UK's most–used social networking site today, accusing Facebook of ignoring worrying trends that it is providing a safe haven for predatory paedophiles by refusing to sign up to a 'panic button' for children and young people.

Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit (Ceop), was joined by the country's lead officer on homicide to tackle the site about its repeated refusal to sign up to a key safety practice adopted by many other similar websites.

The American–owned site has 23 million active users in the UK but refuses to display an official 'panic button' that links users directly to Ceop to report suspected activities by predatory paedophiles.

The police officers spoke out after the conviction of Peter Chapman for the rape and murder of 17–year–old Ashleigh Hall."

(Sandra Laville, 9 March 2010, Guardian crime correspondent )

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Ashleigh Hall • CEOP • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit • digital cultureethicsFacebookmanipulationmurderonline youth victimisationpaedophilia • panic button • Peter Chapman • predatory paedophiles • rapesafeguardingsafetysex offenderstechnologyUKvulnerability

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Simon Perkins
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