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Who ate all the the humble pies?

Another day eating humble pie over at Facebook central!

According to early reports hitting the UK news wires, after eight months of saying the CEOP panic button is unnecessary, Facebook have made a complete climbdown and the button will now appear on user profile pages.

It’s not clear so far what timelines they will work to, but Talking to Youth is happy that adding its voice to those of every Police Force in Great Britain, the UK Government, CEOP and many hundreds of thousands of concerned parents has helped in some way to get Facebook to examine their priorities and make the necessary changes.

Facebook to bolt stable door… maybe

It’s good to see that Facebook staff are apparently sitting down today to finally get to grips with privacy issues.  Everyone’s privacy should be taken seriously, but when millions of teenagers and children are involved, security becomes absolutely essential.

I blogged here about the Facebook’s baffling refusal to include the CEOPS panic button, despite the request from all UK police forces.  That attitude, the software flaw that allowed access to contact details (since fixed) and now the giving to third party websites of permission to post users’ views without their specific consent, all betray a complete failure of the security responsibilities of Facebook to keep up with its data-sharing culture.

Facebook pressing all the wrong buttons

Facebook needs a Click CEOP buttonAt TenNine we always put youth safety above any other concern, and I’m certain all of our peers in UK Youth Marketing do the same.  So the current ‘Facebook concedes online safety demands’ story didn’t just catch my eye, I can only say I am utterly astonished at Facebook’s position.