UK Facebook Panic Button: Stupid or a step forward?

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The UK’s new Facebook “Panic Button” has been called stupid by some, but also a step forward by others. Following on from our article about why it may not be effective, we wanted to get a little feedback from our readers.

Back in march we heard that Facebook rejected a so-called “panic button”, and Worcester News run a poll in March, asking if Facebook needed a ‘panic button’? The results – shown here – see 41% saying yes, while 59% said we did not need a panic button.

Some parents feel help is needed, but also believe better education is needed rather than a button. In April police chiefs joined in on the call for a ‘panic button’, and this month it was confirmed that this feature would be added in the form of a Ceop application.

This video on the BBC website features an interview with a spokeswomen for Facebook, Joanna Shields. In the video Shields explains that users create their own experience on Facebook, and its better to download and understand what they are doing, and spread the word.

The Ceop application was said to be a step in the right direction. Many users do not feel that enough has been done, one user commented on the same page as the video, stating that they don’t believe the panic button will improve their 17-year-olds safety. They say this new system can only “protect from known threats”, and “abusive anonymous bullies plague Facebook“.

Do you agree with this person, or do you feel the Ceop app will work? Is the UK Facebook “Panic Button” stupid or a step forward?

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