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Chatroulette has announced that it is going to take steps against the worst offenders on its service, threatening people who exposed themselves to minors with the police. The site announced it has collected evidence of such incidents, but it didn’t spy on any actual conversations.

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Chatroulette has announced that it is going to take steps against the worst offenders on its service, threatening people who expose themselves to minors with the police. 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.

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“We’ve blocked thousands of IP addresses, reported offenders and service seems to be much cleaner than before. That is cool. Now give us some time to put new features in place.”

Ternovskiy didn’t want to reveal how exactly the site has been collecting information when contacted for this article, but said that “there was no intrusion into existing conversations.”

Chatroulette has long been criticized and mocked for the large number of users who expose themselves on the service. In fact, New York-based filmmaker Casey Neistat once described the site as “71% Boys, 15% Girls, 14% Perverts.” However, it doesn’t seem like Ternovskiy is fundamentally opposed to any nudity on Chatroulette. The site introduced topical channels two weeks ago, and adult-themed channels have consistently been some of the most popular channels available. A new warning on the Chatroulette homepage also seems to suggest that the site is specifically targeting users exposing themselves to minors. It reads:

“Broadcasting inappropriate content to minors is a violation of both US and UN law. We are actively cooperating with law enforcement agencies.”

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  1. They should let people register themselves with real identities, using same techniques Paypal, ebay does, secret micropayment on a credit card or code by mail. Then let people chat in the “verified” section of the site. They can still have anonymous nicknames, but chatroulette needs to make sure each user is really who they say they are. This way, there can’t be abuse at least on that part of the site.

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  2. “…threatening people who expose themselves to minors with the police.”
    Um, two questions:
    1. How will Chatroulette threaten them?
    2. What if they expose themselves without the police?

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  3. Children have no business on Chatroulette. I wouldn’t let my kids stand in a sleezy ghetto alley and let everyone who walks by whisper in their ears, and flash their herpes-infested genitalia at them. Perverts abound on Chatroulette, and it’s because they have unlimited access to unsupervised kids.

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  4. Probably too little too late. The public image is set for Chatroulette. They should have done this at the very beginning. Now it is like the captain of the Titanic screaming, “Don’t hit another iceberg!”

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  5. What in the world is “UN law?” Are they going to threaten these people with Ban Ki-Moon’s rules for the break room fridge?

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  8. What I’m wondering is that how will they know those who are “Minors” are actually minors? Most minors will not have their name as the IP address for their home, so basically, if they are going by IP addresses, isn’t everyone an adult?

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  10. :):):)

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