Ceop Chief Challenges Facebook To Debate On Bullying

Days after Facebook announced their support for the Bullyproof campaign, the head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the U.K., Jim Gamble, is challenging Facebook on their existing child protection policies. While Facebook already has effective reporting mechanisms that have worked in the past, Gamble would (not surprisingly) like for Facebook to implement the Ceop button for protecting children.

Facebook is extremely confident in their existing system however, telling the BBC that:

We are confident that the Ceop button is an excellent solution for sites that have not invested in as robust a reporting infrastructure as Facebook has in place and one we continue to improve.

Investing time in a debate with Ceop may ultimately accomplish nothing yet that isn’t stopping Jim Gamble from offering Facebook with the opportunity to debate the issue a public forum. Apparently the company’s statement to the BBC wasn’t sufficient, and instead the BBC suggests that Facebook “come on the radio and defend itself against its critics”. In contrast to Jim Gamble, who’s job is to build awareness for the Ceop, Facebook doesn’t have much of a problem building awareness about their service.

With countless critics around the world, it doesn’t make much sense for Facebook to invest resources in public debates aside from having their communications department commenting on issues. When the issue becomes a legal one, Facebook has historically shown a willingness to cooperate. Just yesterday, Facebook adopted their latest privacy policy which was a result of a complaint filed by the Candian Privacy Commission.

For now the issue is nothing more than an extremely vocal leader of a child protection organization in the U.K. making what appears to be questionable claims that Facebook isn’t doing enough to protect their users.