Chatroulette, a site dedicated solely to video chatting with strangers, has issued a new privacy statement on their homepage which states: “Broadcasting inappropriate content to minors is a violation of both US and UN law. We are actively cooperating with law enforcement agencies.”
New TeeVee: Site founder Andrey Ternovskiy said in a message published on the site Friday night that his company has started to collect evidence and has contacted law enforcement officials about the issue. “We’ve captured and saved thousands of IP addresses of alleged offenders, along with logs and screenshots which prove wrong behavior,” he wrote, adding that he hopes that law enforcement will finally help the site to solve this problem.
With the plethora of media attention over capturing perverts trying to meet children online, like everyone’s favorite, “I’m Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC and we are doing a story about computer adults who try to meet teens online for sex…” it’s puzzling how Chatroulette, started by a seventeen year old Moscow teenager in 2009, has made it this long without more scrupulous sanctions on their members’ activities.
It begs the question, however, how well is society really doing on saving children from online predators, when the site’s creator, Andrey Ternovskiy, himself, was underage, when the site was conceived? Although we don’t know if Ternovskiy’s original intentions included sexually-explicit material, we do know, if you give a perv a webcam, well, you can guess the rest…