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Facebook has again rejected demands from child abuse investigators to publish a branded "panic button" on its users' profile pages. At a meeting in Washington DC yesterday, the social network told Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) it would make changes to send British …

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"If they don't...

...adopt the button we are simply not going to go away,"

Why not? You are not paying them to effectively make your position a 'job for life' - why should they advertise it?

Shut up and sit down, you've had your say.

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What an odious man

using the death of a 17yr old to further his quango even though it had nothing to do with child protection issues. What should be happening is that , since they chatted on MSN and MSN has the CEOP button , people should be asking questions of CEOP as to why they didn't do anything, you know, when the girl didnt press the button, or it obviously didn't have the deterrance effect he talks about!

They(CEOP) also keep talking about the 250 complaints for facebook, have we any idea what , if any , were actual issues? How does this 250 compare to other social networking sites?

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perspective:

Facebook has over 400,000,000 members and CEOP have ONLY received 250 complaints. Lets think about those numbers for a minute. Gamble is a fuckwit, end of.

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all

All deaths of juvenilles and children at the hands of strangers are used to further somebodies agenda. That's just the sick kind of society we live in, every murders a photo op and a new platform to launch a career.

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Nonsequitur

"Putting the button in a safety centre is like putting a burglar alarm inside your house," Gamble said.

Your analogy is like a custard cream biscuit. See title.

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Its safer!!

Just think if you put the burglar alarm outside your house somebody could nick it !!!!!

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Jim Gamble...

is a man trying to justify his job.

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Fuck off CEOP

They are a bunch of concern trolls that exist only to push how much they are needed in the face of the public.

If they really wanted to protect kids then they would be pushing the message that kids need to be supervised on the net - you know, actual parenting.

Now, if only they would push to get the kids off of the real Internet and off our lawns I for one would be happy.

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i'm getting bored of reading about this.

wow. For the hundredth time facebook doesn't want his ineffective little button.

What would be news is if he shut up about it finally or, even better, someone branded an outline of the button on his forehead.

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Damned bullies

"If they don't adopt the button we are simply not going to go away,"

Can't they really not see the irony?

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Fuck Jim Gamble

when is this shameless self publicist going to stfu and fuck off? Using the death of Ashleigh Hall for his little PR stunt is nothing short of disgraceful especially when it is so mind-numbingly obvious that the CEOP button would not have prevented it.

Fuck off, Jim. Just fuck off.

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BBC reporting of this annoying

The BBC is making no attempt to point out that this guy is the attention seeking chief of a money grabbing quango instead of a more legitimate pressure group with nothing directly to gain.

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Nothing new

The BBC often 'omit' the counterargument or just don't cover stuff at all, rendering the public conveniently dumb/uninformed/unaware about many things.

I rarely hear about Mandelson in the news though granted I don't watch much TV ;o)

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BBC reporting at its best

Yup, BBC radio on Monday angered me too.

That and this tard insisting that the button is "free" and effective.

Point me to this free mail sending system that develops it self, filters the real complaints from people stitching up their friends for a laugh and doesn’t have a detrimental effect on the rest of the page.

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Oh what a shocker

You mean the BBC aren't fully reporting the news? What a surprise.

Try going to Scotland matey where the BBC is staffed and RUN by ex-Labour party stooges.

The BBC is a joke.

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Seriously?

You really have to wonder about the mentality of Mr Gamble. He obviously lacks the intellect to realise that such a button is not going to deter anyone away from any site. I believe the methods these perpetrators adopt are carefully played out in order to conceal their identity until absolutely necessary.

Mr Gambles seems to think that sooner or later a perpetrator will say something along the lines of "Hi, I am 39, and I want to see you naked". The receiver of such a message can then push a nice shiny red button and report the incident.

It reminds me of bloated "security" software with similar buttons such as "Protect me now"

Unsurprising to see the socialist governments PR machine blow out some more waffle to support their quangos twisted thinking.

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You had me until...

"Unsurprising to see the socialist governments PR machine blow out some more waffle to support their quangos twisted thinking."

Everything else you said was factually correct, but your sign off was wrong on two counts.

1. Quangos - invention of the Thatcher government to shift oversight away from the democratic process into the private sector (essentially removing accountability to the electorate).

2. Current government is 'NewLabour', a right wing (anti-socialist) party who have continued the Thatcherite policies of the former Tory governments and in the new doublespeak of political spin, 'NewLabour' actually means 'NewTory'.

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Re: You Had Me Until...

At the risk of turning this post into something from Airplane !, surely you mean 'ToryLite' with the tagline "all the right wing dogma, but with less new policies...", not "NewTory", for 'New Labour, Semihere'...?

As for David Cameron's version of the Tory Party, isn't that "New Labour with a hint of Blue, speaking with a Oxford accent"...?

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All of the above!

Of course, you're absolutely right. Anyway, I've got my hoodie on - time to hug a Tory! :D

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ATTENTION ALL PARENTS

If you are worried about your kids being contacted by people on the Internet, try a revolutionary technique I have dubbed "Talking to them".

Teenagers have always thought they know better. I know I did.

A button is going to make naff all difference, so why this berk from CEOP keeps going on and on about it, I don't know. How many (related) arrests have there been since the button was put on MSN?

(Does anyone else think Steve J carries a packet of Werthers around i his pocket?)

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Well.

If they put the button in I'm just gonna report my mates as paedophiles. Just for laughs.

That is all it will be used for, in the Hall case, the predator posed as a younger person, in that case, why would the button be pressed? This is a total farce.

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That's exactly why this is such a stupid idea, totally open to abuse

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And now... Vigilantes

Considering paedophile targeting is the only online activity (okay maybe after "counter terrorism") the UK police bother with I have to wonder why in the name of bob some barely known, and entirely unregulated organisation, is deciding to step in to the non-gap. The police are barely accountable (both UK and US) without having a self-appointed quango stepping in, and with an accusation being enough to put you on the not-funny-at-all-register in the UK CEOP is taking a lot of power on itself.

I'd be far happier if the CEOPs of the world spent time educating parents (and by extension their children) about online relationships, i.e., you can fake anything (even web cams) online so be careful IRL. Nothing suggests a panic button would have helped Ashleigh Hall remain safe from the sick bastard that entrapped her.

Maybe governments could ban kids from Facebook/social-networking instead until they turn 18 or until they are accompanied by an adult, like what pubs do.

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Facebook Should Include it in their Privacy Settings

As a compromise, Facebook should display the button, but only if you have specified that you want to see it in your 'privacy' settings.

I'm betting it'd be the first setting facebook have ever defaulted to OFF!!!

FWIW, Gamble comes across as a bully time and time again, hardly likely to be appealing to a child that's worried about what might happen if they tell.

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Bullying?

Ironic.

http://www.bullying.co.uk/index.php/201004131379/blog/uk-news/complaints-about-facebook-quadruple-say-ceop.html

Definition of bullying:

"Deliberate action or behaviour directed towards another person which may take many forms and can often occur over a long period of time"

Now remind me, who is the bully?

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bah

"Putting the button in a safety centre is like putting a burglar alarm inside your house, people still break in because they don't realise you are in there"

Yes Gamble, peadophiles operate in exactly the same way as burglars. Always sneaking around at night, breaking into buildings. Making sure they choose ones that don't have alarms on the outside because that means the owners aren't home. It all makes perfect sense.

Honestly, if peados were anything like burglars, they would be easy to catch. Oh wait, scratch that, this country hasn't caught a burglar in like 20 years.

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What is it anyway?

A little image served from Facebook with a link to this 'think of the children'esqe site.

A image from a third-party site? ..from a state run 'think of the children' website? from the police? Does it have a cookie?

Does it have some java? is it actually an iframe to a third-party site?

???

I just spent a few mins trying to answer the above, but no joy (searches swamped by current story).

I wonder if someone here knows; and why the desperation to get this on the biggest social networking site out there? Just pre-election grandstanding? Other agendas?

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Have a very good point

It should just be a URL or form and a submit button... to the CEOP website...

Does Facebook stop it because they won't let them look at the source code? Who knows. I know if someone said - just put X on your website - son't worry about what it does - they'd get a big fat NO from me too.

This man sounds like a bully - not going away until they do what he wants....

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It's an animated gif which should link to a specific URL: on CEOP (/Reporting.html or similar? Can't remember)

No issues with FB hosting the image themselves (actually,. I'd love to see what happens to CEOP if it tries to keep up with serving an image every time FB shows a page.)

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"serving an image every time FB shows a page"

Now that I like! Put the damn button (served by CEOP's servers of course) on every single facebook page, flag it as something not to be cached, and wait for CEOP to declare bankruptcy. Maybe help it along a bit by making sure the image is refreshed every time the display is updated in Farmville.

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Or...

How about instead of putting faith in a magic button that would likely be ignored by kids and adults. Encourage parents to take responsibility for their children's internet usage, and for educating their kids about the dangers of the online world.

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Exactly!

Governments, and anyone reliant on public money, almost never want to state the obvious and say that parents should do more, its just not a vote winner.

Hows about we "take a gamble" on Mr Gamble, sell his organs on the black market and get back the £5million and spend it on something useful, like 20million copies of a pamplet called "Caring for your children, a guide for parents".

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And who will be next?

Looking at what Facebook are doing, Gamble is looking like a bit of a plonker. It almost looks as if he doesn't trust the National LEO Agencies which Facebook already talks to.

And I glad that Facebook are willing to stand up to him. I am not at all sure what the services I use would do if he came after them. But who will be next?

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more CEOP stuff? really?

gotta love that CEOPs overall stance is basically 'if you dont agree with us and do everything we tell you to, then clearly you support child molesting rapists' - oh yes, and they'll be happy to tell that to the bbc and everyone else that'll listen.

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I hate saying "well done Facebook"

but I have too, as they have bought the reality of the internet slap-bang into these whiffle-coated busybodies.

Profit above all else (why do you think the Daily Mail will happily run pictures of teenager girls in underwear opposite articles on the horror of child porn ?).

Facebook have rightly deduced that allowing themselves to be bossed around - in particular by a pressure group - is the thin end of a wedge that could reduce their profit margin. Hopefully there willnow be a few more high profile refuseniks, and Jim Gamble will FOAD

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News Corporation.

Lots of stories in News Corps papers about this.. It's everywhere, but certainly being pushed through Murdoc's orifaces with some force (*). This is the News Corporation who own myspace, which does not seem to be mentioned at all.. Last I heard they did not have this button either, but I guess things have changed since they'd never be that hypocritical right?

(*) Curiously, there is a cactus in the corner of my office that evokes the same thought..

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Jim Gamble is making waves to both advance is own career and ensure he has somewhere to go when he eventually gets fired. The first leave to appeal in the ore "class action" has already been granted and a large part of the evidence is the lies to both parliament and courts that Jim Gamble uttered, when the extremely large compensation bill starts rolling in it is extremely obvious who will be scapegoated.

In the meantime FB should add the button, route the emails to his blackberry (you know a ponce like him has one attached to his hand 24 hours a day) and route all calls to the hotline to both his mobile and landline numbers. Let the fucker deal with the nonsense shite he wants to create.

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Who is behind CEOP?

I'd like to know how I could get the same level of ready access to government money and influence that CEOP and the Internet Watch Foundation appear to have.

They've not been elected or placed on a statutory basis and yet they appear to think they can tell us what to say, what to do and what to think. For the first time in my life can I say 'well done Facebook'.

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wiki-paedoia

Says this about CEOP:

"The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), formed in April 2006, is a UK cross agency and cross business department of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which is tasked to work both nationally and internationally to bring online child sex offenders, including those involved in the production, distribution and viewing of child pornography, to the UK courts.

"CEOP is made up of police officers with specialist experience of tracking and prosecuting sex offenders working with dedicated professionals from organisations including the NSPCC and Childnet, Microsoft and AOL. Partnerships have been set up across non-government bodies, including: NCH, NSPCC, Barnardos; business (Microsoft, AOL, Serco, Vodafone etc) and UK Government departments (Children, Schools and Families; Home Office; Foreign and Commonwealth Office etc). CEOP works with organisations such as the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, British Telecom, and Lycos to widen the scope of safeguarding the online environment.

"Jim Gamble is Chief Executive of CEOP. A senior police officer of 25 years, he was head of the Northern Ireland anti-terrorist intelligence unit in Belfast, then most recently tackled organised crime as the Deputy Director of the National Crime Squad. Gamble became an Internet laughingstock in March 2010 after calling for a "panic button" - for the public to report suspected paedophiles - to be installed on the main profile page of every Facebook user, a policy which would be rife for abuse."

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But they already have this

There is a panic button for kids already (well kind of):

* You can shout to your parent

* You can phone your parent

I'm not sure what implementing a panic button inside every website will achieve. If anything this should be done a the browser level..

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As many seem to think

This guy is more about the PR and keeping his ineffective job than actually doing any good because if he did what to help the children i'm sure theres a hundred more ways to go about it rather then having meetings around the world with Facebook execs every five minutes. I also thought that charities like child line who have been doing this for years would be in a better placed position, is this another quango for the boys?

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"like putting a burglar alarm inside your house"

And then not telling your children to lock the front door when they go out...

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and..

You forgot the bit about "putting a little wooden barrel of Rohypnol on a chain around their necks".

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I would just...

... like to "use the recent deaths of some British troops" (or fill your terrible occurrence in here) to highlight the fact that Jim Gamble is a self-aggrandising, mendacious, publicity-seeking, arrogant, tasteless see-you-next-tuesday who is a carcinoma on British society.

Oh, maybe if he advocated panic buttons for UK troops then if they ever pushed them he could go stand between the soldiers and the bullets. I'd pay the airfare for him too, at least he'd be performing a useful function if only briefly.

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The Internet is actually a very safe place.

Internet criminals, paedos, scammers, etc, are miles,even thousands of miles away from potential victims. As long as you know and understand the risks, you aren't at risk. It isn't like burglary or mugging, where criminals come after you physically.

Education is the only real defence.

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Swimming against the tide as usual...

... but I have to say that I like Ben Tasker's idea. Have the button as an option, default "off" but included as part of an overall awareness programme, including highlighting its availability to anyone under a specified age creating an account. Misuse, mostly for the sake of amusement, could be a problem though so I would like to see a well thought-out, "common-sense"-managed approach taken by the CEOP as regards any "alarms" sent its way. Knowing human nature though, especially nowadays where over-reaction, continuous red-alert status and "zero tolerance" seem to be the menu du jour and, as a result, society is increasingly unable to distinguish between true threats and false alarms (and all the grey areas in-between), such a system may well not work in real life.

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A Facebook group

...saying 'Fnck off Jim Gambles' would probably be too subtle an irony for the humourless knob.

Shame.

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Attention The Register

Can you please go out and interview Jim Gamble and ask him how EXACTLY this would have helped that girl... That way we can see if he really does believe the bollocks he spouts, or if hes just trying to push his own agenda in the most disgusting way!

Get out there and do your job of exposing this odious little turd for the bastard he is!

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Can you please go out and interview Jim Gamble

I second Iglethals suggestion. Give this troll gamble the rope he needs to hang himself..... Go to it Vultures.....

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Please, please, please.

Interview him and ask him what proof he has that this button would have stopped this girl being murdered. They chatted on MSN which has the button and she didn't use it there.

It is horrific that a young girl lost her life to a sick pervert like that. Its as sick that Mr Gamble is using this girls death to promote his own organisation and making wild, unproven statements about things.

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