CEOP chief meets Facebook officials in Washington DC

The head of a British child protection agency has once again urged the social networking site Facebook to install a child safety "panic button” on its site.

The head of the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP), Jim Gamble, met with the senior officials of Facebook on Monday in Washington DC.

Facebbok has been criticized for repetitively refusing to add a panic button to its site. The most popular networking site argues that it has its own panic button and the addition of another will confuse users.

Commenting after the four-hour meeting, Mr. Gamble said, the site was just single small step away from doing the right thing.

The site is yet to agree to CEOP’s demand. However, it said it would work more closely with the UK police as it was committed to children’s protection.

Social networking site Facebook has been accused of ignoring users' complaints about suspected sex offenders who use the site to groom children.

Recently, a girl named Ashleigh Hall was groomed online by a serial rapist Peter Chapman, who posed as a 17-year-old boy to allure her to a lonely place where he raped and killed her.

The so-called panic button is expected to prove to be a deterrent to paedophiles.