A REPORT BUTTON is now available on Facebook for teenagers after the social notworking outfit capitulated due to nine months of pressure that included a vociferous campaign on its own website.
The situation started to heat up for Mark Zuckerberg's site in November last year when the UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) started calling for Facebook, and Myspace, to adopt a button after Bebo did, that would let children report contact from suspected dangerous individuals. In April Facebook told CEOP that it could not come to an agreement to adopt or test the adoption of the report button.
In response to this, the campaign page eventually had over 3,500 members and CEOP said that it also had the support of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Childline, Beatbullying and the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Woo. What a fucking recommendation. The NSPCC, Childline, Beatbullying AND the ACPO? Every single one of those organisations is brimful of bossy, know-it-all cunts and if I was king for a day, every single fucking one of them would be burned down and the earth they walked on salted. Plus, their heads would be cut off and a stake driven through their hearts.
Just to be on the safe side.
There's something about CEOP that leaves me feeling very uncomfortable. It's not just that they appear to be the paramilitary wing of the NSPCC, an organisation that I would cheerfully douse with petrol if they went up in flames. I can't find any evidence of their funding, but the whole outfit screams "fakecharity".
They brag about having "safeguarded" 624 children over the last 4 years. What does that mean? The website talks about 47 specific cases where "intensive image analysis" resulted in kids being identified and somehow rescued.
I realise this is going to sound incredibly callous, especially coming from a parent who loves his kid and is horrendously protective, but how much does this little-known bunch of media whores actually cost us? I mean, they're basically bullying social media outfits into giving them free advertising by placing a fucking logo for free on every page. Their website has a whole swathe of professionally produced video clippage available to increase their profile. PDFs of pointless "scoping studies" and vaguely alarming assertions are blandly made. All very professionally produced with your money and mine.
If this wasn't all sitting in .gov.uk and .police.uk domains, I'd swear it was just another thieving quango pissing our money away on overpaid ex-policemen and other assorted oxygen thieves.
Do we really need another "partnership network" of 46,000 people to tell us that sometimes shit can happen on the internet? Is there really that much paedogeddon going on that Bebo, MySpace and Facebook all have to have a panic button?
There's a much better way of controlling what happens to kids on the internet, it's much more comprehensive and much safer. It doesn't require giving yet another bunch of hectoring prodnoses moral authority over our every move.
How about parents take responsibility for their kids and what they get up to online?
Simple. Doesn't cost the taxpayer shit. Helps build the family's relationships.
Plus, it gets to keep another bunch of self-aggrandizing media whores out of a job.
The fucking cunts.