Habbo Hotel is full of Paedophiles

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  • Deleted user 13 June 2012 19:12:29
    A Channel 4 News producer posing as a 13-year-old was asked to strip in front of a webcam "within two minutes" of logging in.

    Habbo Hotel last night told its 250 million users, known as “Habbos”, it had decided to “mute” the network in response to the allegations.

    “Habbos, due to the challenging behavior of a few users we have decided to mute the site and will update you when we have more information,” it said via Twitter.

    It followed the decision by venture capital firm Balderton to offload its stake in Sulake, the Finnish firm behind Habbo Hotel, after learning of the allegations.

    Despite the “very sexual, perverse, violent, pornographic” conversations uncovered, some users attacked Channel 4 News. Oliver King, its programme editor, was bombarded with abusive messages on Twitter from irate Habbos after conversations were shut down on the network.

    “Being trolled by idiots for retweeting about a brilliant C4 News investigation I didn’t write/report about how Habbo site is unsafe for kids,” he wrote.
    Mr King was accused of having “ruined a day for more than two million people” and told he “should be arrested” over the report. Other Habbos acknowledged that moderation systems on the network meant to stop paedophiles and other unwanted users were inadequate, however.

    Rachel Seifert, the Channel 4 news producer who spent two months on habbo hotel for the investigation said she had found chat that was “very sexual, perverse, violent, pornographic, overtly sexual acts, people saying they were going to do things to others, and it was very graphic”.

    Paul La Fontaine, the chief executive of Sulake, said he would tighten moderation but retweeted messages dismissing the Channel 4 News report as "rubbish", "bias" and "exaggerated".

    “Habbo has a strong record in this area with industry commendations and deep experience actively preventing potentially damaging content,” he said.
    “I want to take this opportunity to assure our site users that I will be working with my team globally to deliver improved safety levels across the community.”

    Habbo Hotel is aimed at children over 13. It has its own currency, discussion forums and interest groups, as well as chat facilities.
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    (posted in the style of ecosse because, well...)
  • Deleted user 13 June 2012 19:13:07
    ps. Channel 4 showed the producer who was asked to strip. I am disappointed that she did not.
  • faux-C 13 Jun 2012 19:14:33 11,200 posts
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    Wow, that place is still going? Who knew?
  • Deleted user 13 June 2012 19:16:19
    There was a silent ingame protest too:

  • Deleted user 13 June 2012 19:17:16
    I reckon the paedo is either the guy on the horse (he might be gay too) or the old guy with shades and a hat in the middle
  • Whizzo 13 Jun 2012 19:17:40 44,705 posts
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    Aargh. wrote:
    ps. Channel 4 showed the producer who was asked to strip. I am disappointed that she did not.
    I saw it on C4 News last night and have to agree. :-)
  • Deleted user 13 June 2012 19:19:54
    Technically you could argue there's no actual paedophilia going on, as all the underage kids on there are 40 year old men posing as underage kids.
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2015 13 Jun 2012 19:21:08 45,701 posts
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    Back in 2003(ish) when I worked at a LAN cafe/shop the kids used to go on Habbo Chat to "cyber". Right in the middle of the fucking shop. Totally blatant and really easy to see on screen.

    Looks like things have never changed.
  • Deleted user 13 June 2012 19:21:20
    meme knows.
  • Whizzo 13 Jun 2012 19:23:27 44,705 posts
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    The TV report did have details about paedos that got convicted after stuff they did on there.

    It's viewable here.
  • neilka 13 Jun 2012 19:25:33 18,993 posts
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    POOL'S CLOSED

    it's full of paedos
  • Deleted user 13 June 2012 19:27:23
    CrispyXUK wrote:
    meme knows.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APG0rNedEwk
  • mrpon 13 Jun 2012 19:28:57 32,537 posts
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    When's Wii U ChatRoulette coming out?
  • Deleted user 13 June 2012 19:29:37
    lol!
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2015 13 Jun 2012 19:33:45 45,701 posts
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    Whizzo wrote:
    Aargh. wrote:
    ps. Channel 4 showed the producer who was asked to strip. I am disappointed that she did not.
    I saw it on C4 News last night and have to agree. :-)
    Watch again!
  • Deleted user 13 June 2012 19:42:35
    Never heard of it, I am obviously not down with the kids.
  • Deleted user 13 June 2012 19:44:34
    Doiiiirtyy boy
  • Stickman 13 Jun 2012 19:49:45 29,652 posts
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    How dare anyone take away people's rights to free speech to nonce up kids?
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 13 Jun 2012 19:49:59 87,828 posts
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    I remember Second Life had the exact same sort of scandal about 5 years ago. The teen grid was pretty much just cops, journalists and paedos.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 19:50:12 13-06-2012
  • silentbob 13 Jun 2012 20:12:57 29,487 posts
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    faux_carnation wrote:
    Wow, that place is still going? Who knew?
    Exactly my thoughts!
  • PazJohnMitch 13 Jun 2012 20:57:07 11,787 posts
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    Why is this in the Wii category?
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 13 Jun 2012 20:57:26 87,828 posts
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    So the pedos can see.
  • Deleted user 13 June 2012 21:00:31
    It seemed the most appropriate.
  • psychokitten Moderator 13 Jun 2012 21:12:34 7,795 posts
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    The guy on that little pony blatantly looks like a paedo
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 13 Jun 2012 21:15:52 87,828 posts
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  • mrharvest 13 Jun 2012 22:03:07 5,349 posts
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    Close the whole site or... ?
  • Dirtbox Best Forumite, 2015 13 Jun 2012 22:08:34 87,828 posts
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    ... Or rename it to Pedo Hotel and make it 18+.
  • neilka 13 Jun 2012 22:21:07 18,993 posts
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    Or the Miiverse as it's also known.
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2015 14 Jun 2012 06:50:14 45,701 posts
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    Don't be silly neilka. The Miiverse isn't 18+ only.
  • Deleted user 21 June 2012 19:45:19
    They have some girls on channel 4 that use this thing right now.

    To be completely honest, 3 of the 4 girls should be extremely flattered that anyone of any age wants them to get naked for them.
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