Habbo Called a 'Pedophile Haven' By Channel 4 News Report

June 12, 2012 -

Is Habbo (formerly Habbo Hotel) a despicable hang-out for pedophiles that are continually preying on its underage users? A report that will air tonight on a Channel 4 news claims that they have strong evidence that it is. The report claims that pedophiles are chatting it up in the graphical social game-like teen destination, asking them if they have a "web cam," if they will get naked on camera, and trying their best to engage under age children in sexually charged conversations.

Upon learning about the extent of the report (which many believe is very damning towards Habbo and the people that are supposed to be in charge of keeping its young users safe), several investors have decided to dump their holdings and walk away from Habbo.

The second largest investor in Habbo owner Sulake, Balderton Capital, is expected to dump its 13 percent stake and resign from the board.

"We were given some information a week ago that profoundly shocked us," a Balderton spokesperson stated. "We had to ask ourselves whether we were comfortable being investors in a business where children were not being adequately protected."

Another report over at GamesIndustry International reveals some of Channel 4's report, which is pretty explicit in its description of just what is going on over at Habbo. It also offers some comments from Sulake CEO Paul LaFontaine.

In his response, he said that he was disappointed that investors were backing away from his company and that, as a parent he understood the concerns being brought up by Channel 4. He also pledged that the Habbo team would work diligently and expediently to police the virtual world more efficiently.

We will have more on this story as new information becomes available.

Source: Develop


Comments

Re: Habbo Called a 'Pedophile Haven' By Channel 4 News Report

s/praying/preying

;)

Re: Habbo Called a 'Pedophile Haven' By Channel 4 News Report

Okay.  I've got to ask - what is Habbo/Habbo Hotel?  The name alone sounds positively pedobear friendly!

- Left4Dead Why are zombies always eating brains? I want to see zombies that eat toes for a living. Undead-related pun intended.

Re: Habbo Called a 'Pedophile Haven' By Channel 4 News Report

It's basically just a cutesy game where you make an avatar to explore a virtual hotel and you can decorate your room and socialize.

Re: Habbo Called a 'Pedophile Haven' By Channel 4 News Report

Well, looks like numerous panicked parents are going to be adding Habbo Hotel to their internet filters.

Re: Habbo Called a 'Pedophile Haven' By Channel 4 News Report

Not much research there.  Habbo Hotel actually has moderators, and if a child feels threatened, just use the report/block user function.  

If pedophiles were as common as the news media makes them out to be, we'd be in a crisis by now. 

Re: Habbo Called a 'Pedophile Haven' By Channel 4 News Report

Crisis sells better then 'yeah, there are occasional problems, about the same as always, but things are mostly fine'.

People love moral panics, and the media/personalities love selling them to us.

Re: Habbo Called a 'Pedophile Haven' By Channel 4 News Report

Any investor who would pull their funding based off a 'shocking investigate report' about the dangerous of pedophiles lurking in every corner, probably should not be investing with other people's money.... these stories rarely have much behind them other then a reporter sitting at a keyboard and telling exaggerated tales of horror they find.

 
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