So, Imagine a website with a tagline that says, ironically, “Talk to Strangers” and that “Your friends are boring; strangers are better!
” In comes Omegle, Yes, as strange as it seems, it has been reported that on average this website sees around 20,000 to 30,000 users at any second, which is an average of 150,000 users a day. A simple internet search yields horror stories of children lured via anonymous text chat and if an adult spends 30 minutes or less on the website, it will clearly show that a big majority of users are between the age of 12 and 21 if not less.
Storing IP addresses is for “purposes of law enforcement.” In a 2013 case, the transmission of nude photos and videos via Omegle from a teenage girl to a schoolteacher resulted in a child pornography charge At the end of an Omegle chat, users have the option to save the chat’s log and share the link.
Therefore your conversation is not really private, and the contents of the chat including any personal information a user might share can be sent to anyone without their knowledge or consent.
As for Chatroulette, it started receiving negative criticism within the first year of its launch in 2009, specially related to offensive, obscene or pornographic material that some users of this site were exhibiting.
Emie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, told CBS’ The Early Show that the site was the “last place parents want their kids to be.
This is a huge red flag; this is extreme social networking.
This is a place kids are going to gravitate to.” An algorithm was developed to successfully filter out large quantities of obscene content on Chatroulette, The image recognition algorithms automatically flag users broadcasting sexual content.
The filter works in a manner that it identifies excessive amounts of revealed skin while simultaneously recognizes faces as appropriate.
Chatroulette claims that it does periodically take screenshots of the users’ video content.
Humans then check the screenshots flagged by the algorithms and proceed to block the offending users for a period of time.
In an interview, Andrey Ternovsky, the owner of Chatroulette says “While recognition software improves, we have employed a moderation team to review pictures manually.
We now have around 100 moderators who are all monitoring all webcam feeds and marking inappropriate ones.