Facebook Panic Button Reaches 55,000 Downloads

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The UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said today its ClickCEOP application on Facebook has been downloaded 55,000 times since its launch on July 12.

The ClickCEOP app gives Facebook users a link to advice, help and the ability to report a problem to CEOP if they are worried about someone's behavior toward them online.


The ClickCEOP Facebook app allows users to share it with their friends via their news feeds and places an icon of the app in plain view so others viewing their profile can see it.

Visits to the ClickCEOP profile on Facebook, since its launch, have been over 100,000 and over 20,000 people have liked the ClickCEOP which then provides regular status updates in their news feeds. CEOP says it has received over 211 reports about suspicious behavior online.

"It's great news that so many users have interacted with ClickCEOP  by downloading the application or by liking their Page," said Johanna Shields, Facebook's Vice President for EMEA.

"There is no single answer to making the Internet safer but CEOP have taken a great step forward by setting up their ClickCEOP page.  It now means that they can have an ongoing dialogue with thousands of Facebook users, educating them about how to stay safe online in a place and language they are familiar with.  I look forward to continuing our successful relationship with CEOP."