Microsoft has teamed up with a UK child protection agency to make it easier for users of its Windows Live Messenger and MSN Messenger to report suspected child abuse.
The software giant’s partnership with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) – an organisation set up to tackle child sexual abuse – has resulted in the creation of a new Messenger tab, featuring a “report abuse” icon.
Clicking the icon links UK Messenger users directly to online police services, allowing them to report any suspicious or inappropriate sexual behaviour they encounter while chatting online.
The partnership will also see CEOP and Microsoft offer a weekly online safety tip advising users on how to stay safe while online.
CEOP chief executive Jim Gamble said, “Behind the report abuse button will sit police and intelligence officers who have been specially trained to tackle child sex abuse. We will tell you how to capture information and how to seize online discussions and then proactively do all we can to track down the perpetrator.”
Carrie Bogner, senior director for citizenship at Microsoft Windows Live, said, “We take the safety and security of young people online very seriously. People can already control who they do and don’t allow onto their Messenger buddy list – the new CEOP tab launched today is another safety feature that will make Windows Live and MSN Messenger safer still.”
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