Facebook UK Launches ‘Panic Button’ Option

Filed as News on July 12, 2010 5:13 am

Facebook Panic ButtonWhile the Like button may have integrated websites to Facebook, the companies newest option, the “Panic Button” could actually help save lives.

Built to help fend off cyber bullying, the new button encourages users to report bullying, cyber abuse and other “suspicious activities” that users see through the social networking website.

Launched in the UK, the button when pressed sends teens to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) resources website, a free organizations operated by the UK Government. On the website teens can find information about dealing with bullying, while reporting users as they deem necessary.

Underage users (as stated by their Facebook profile age) will see the button on their Facebook homepage.

While the tool may help some teens, there is still the worry that it could be abused, allowing teens to team up on other teens to report them for offenses they have not committed. There could also potentially be confusion as to when the button should be used, which may cause some teens to shy away from the panic button all together.

So what do you think, is the Facebook panic button a good idea or another confusion tool for Facebook users? I’m all for helping kids who are being attacked online, I just hope the button is implemented in a responsible way by Facebook and more importantly their users.

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  1. By Anny-Bed sheets posted on July 12, 2010 at 6:06 am
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    I really like facebook,It’s great,but we can’t open it in our country.it’s a pity.

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  2. By Amy posted on July 12, 2010 at 11:59 am
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    WoW…Facebook is helping UK teens to fight againest cyber abuse and bullying by deploying a panic button on its sites. Good initiative from FB!!

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  3. By Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella posted on July 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm
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    What a great initiative from Facebook. This is something I’d like to see go global. Everyone everywhere should have a chance to stand up for themselves and protect themselves from bad behavior.

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  4. By Kevin Raffay posted on July 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm
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    Yup, I could see this getting abused. It looks like a good way to get someone you don’t like banned from FB.

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  5. By Julius posted on July 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm
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    I agree that the panic button can create lots of confusion among its users. Facebook can try to make its policies as detailed as possible to at least minimize the problem though.

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  6. By pldofk posted on July 13, 2010 at 4:12 am
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    this panic button is an application. you have to download it for it to work. kinda defeats the point…….

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