Facebook ‘Panic Button’ For U.K. Minors; Would It Fly in the U.S.?

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A Facebook “panic button” for 13-18 year olds was introduced in the U.K. Monday.

By downloading the application, U.K. minors can get safety advice and report predatory activity directly to U.K. watchdog, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP).

Once downloaded, the application shows up on the child’s homepage as “in control online.” CEOP cited the visible deterrent to offenders as the reason to push for this application. It worked in the U.K. The application will be controlled by CEOP, but advertised on the Facebook website; specifically targeting users under the age of 18.

But would it work on this side of the Atlantic?

Facebook has been notoriously cagey about installing extra privacy settings. Even in the U.K., pressure only mounted up on the site after 17-year-old British teen Ashleigh Hall was raped and murdered by a 33-year-old convicted sex offender, who she met on Facebook.