Facebook refuses calls for UK panic button

Facebook won’t install a panic button on its main UK site, despite calls from the UK’s home secretary for the feature to be embedded in user’s homepages.
Instead, the firm is mulling expansion of existing reporting capabilities offered in its safety centre by including links to sites including the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) programme, and the UK’s Beat Bullying organisation.
A statement from the firm sent to telecomseurope.net said the proposed actions would grow the options available for reporting “unwanted contact.”
They would also help the social networking site clamp down on a wide range of potential abuse, from minor breaches of rules like posting embarrassing pictures through to more serious incidents that required the involvement of law-enforcement agencies, it said.
Home secretary Alan Johnson told the BBC he enjoyed a “frank exchange of views,” with Facebook executives in the meeting.
He requested the face-to-face after a convicted sex offender murdered a 17 year-old girl he groomed on the site.
Rivals MSN and AOL already include a direct link to Ceop on their UK homepages, Business Week reports.