Omegle: Children expose themselves on video chat site

Omegle is an increasingly popular website designed to link up strangers at random for live video and text chats.  Global child protection groups are becoming increasingly concerned about predators using the site to obtain child sexual abuse material given its reputation for unpredictable and shocking content and obtaining the reputation as a “predator’s playground.”

Research by data analyst Semrush shows Omegle grew globally from about 34 million visits per month in January 2020 to 65 million in January 2021.  In the UK alone, traffic increased by 61% from predominantly people under the age of 34; many of them teenagers.  Its popularity may have spiked more recently due to more people being at home and looking to meet others during the Coronavirus pandemic.     

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