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Facebook denies installing panic button

Button not part of Click Clever, Click Safe code

Facebook and other web companies that signed up to comply with a voluntary internet safety code will not be installing 'panic buttons' on the site to allow users to report inappropriate behaviour, after it was revealed the button is not currently required by the guidelines.

Prior to the launch of the 'Click Clever, Click Safe' internet safety code yesterday there had been speculation that Facebook had agreed to join other companies in the voluntary scheme, which required a panic button to be placed on the site.

But Facebook said the panic button was not part of the original guidelines and is not planned for the site in the near-future, although the social network hasn't ruled out installing the button in the future.

However, the government did announce that CEOP report buttons, just like those recently installed by social network Bebo, will be available on all 270,000 Home Access Scheme computers.

The Home Access Scheme is part of the Next Generation Learning campaign and sees families earning less that £15,000 a year given access to free PCs and broadband in a bid to get them online.

Under the Click Clever, Click Safe internet code, which was drawn up by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) following recommendations from Tanya Byron, the web companies which have signed up will be independently reviewed against new UKCCIS standards designed to keep children and young people safe online.

The code will also see primary school children given lessons on staying safe when online.

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