Microsoft Offers One-Click Solution For Reporting Annoying Chatters To Police
from the have-fun-with-it dept
A few years ago, Microsoft decided to shut down their chat rooms in the UK after a few well-publicized stories of children being approached by predators in those chat rooms. Of course, this seemed silly to us. It’s not like the kids (or predators) would stop chatting. They’d just move somewhere else — perhaps somewhere with even less supervision or controls in place. Three years later, and it seems MSN in the UK has realized that many people are simply using the MSN instant messenger service for the same purpose. So, in what appears to be a part of their new internet safety effort, they’re adding a button to file a “one-click” police report complaint about who you are talking to. Of course Amazon need not worry about this violating their famous “one-click” patent. It appears there are actually a few more clicks. The single click just takes you to some sort of police service, where officers will then help the user capture information about what’s happening in the chat. Of course, making it so easy to report a problem probably means that people are going to report all sorts of non-problems, inundating the police, perhaps making it even more difficult for police to go after the actual predators.