Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Social networking sites sign pact with EU
Technology Review reports that the European Union has had seventeen networking sites including Google, MySpace and Facebook sign an agreement to improve safeguards against "cyberbullying" -the bullying and abuse of teenagers online. The sites agree to limit the risks of misuse by providing a "report abuse" button allowing users to report "inappropriate contact from or conduct by" another user to the site operator, which will relay the complaint to local authorities. The site operators also must make sure online profiles and contact lists of underage users are set to the highest privacy settings and to ensure they are not obtainable on search engines.