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.
The post continues:
“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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