“If I was a parent of an 11-year old girl on this site, I would want there to be a moral panic. What I’ve just seen makes me think this is a dangerous place for youngsters to be. If they are in this business, they have to be in it in the right way – the right moderators, the right software, to stop this happening.” In a statement, Paul La Fontaine, the chief executive of Sulake, the company which owns the website, told Channel 4 News it is committed to ensuring that children are safe on the site: “Any online community that allows users to assume virtual identities may be open to abuses, which is why we work hard to keep users safe, filtering content and blocking inappropriate users.“We also provide education and rapid-response support to users who experience uncomfortable conversations.” He added: “Habbo’s moderation and safeguarding procedures includes employing more than 225 moderators, tracking some 70m lines of conversation globally every day on a 24/7 basis.The developers have put extra attention into creating a game that provides players with all the tools to recreate real life social situations.For premium members, those social situations can get pretty steamy.
This is very worrying and going in a very bad direction.
“Here’s someone aged 11 being asked to leave the site [ie make contact outside Habbo Hotel].
There should be the equivalent of the virtual fire-brigade jumping in on this, but it’s not happening.
The cards can be used to buy furniture for the users online “rooms” in the hotel.
WH Smith did the same, saying: “”We were concerned to learn of the allegations about Habbo Hotel made in the Channel 4 News report.
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