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Facebook agrees to install 'panic button'

13- to 18-year-olds encouraged to download ClickCEOP button

Facebook has revealed it will install an app on the social network that allows web users to access the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) reporting centre as well as advice on staying safe online.

The social network came in for criticism in April after it revealed it had no plans to install the 'panic button' which had been adopted by other websites and social networks including Bebo.

However, the social network has finally caved to the mounting pressure and agreed to offer the app.

Facebook said the ClickCeop button will only be displayed on profiles if users choose to opt in to the scheme. All Facebook users aged between 13 and 18 will see a message as soon as they log in to the social network encouraging them to download the panic button. The button also backed up by the CEOP Facebook page, which offers advice to social networkers.

"Our dialogue with Facebook about adopting the ClickCeop button is well documented - today however is a good day for child protection," said CEOP chief executive, Jim Gamble.

"By adding this application, Facebook users will have direct access to all the services that sit behind our ClickCeop button which should provide reassurance to every parent with teenagers on the site."

Sophy Silver, head of communications for Facebook in the UK, told the BBC: "We still have the Facebook reporting system and by having a pre-packaged application that users play an active part in, you not only help keep them safe, it makes all of their friends aware too, and acts as a viral awareness campaign".

"Ultimately though, this makes for a safer environment for users and that's the most important part."

See also: Police chiefs back calls for Facebook panic button

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