Omegle is now history: the platform for meeting strangers closes its doors after 14 years of activity and having become involved in abuse scandals
Omegle has just announced its closure after 14 years of activity. The closure of this website that had become a meeting point for users from all over the world is not without controversy. Omegle is weathering the storm of closure requests and lawsuits, Its founder Leif K-Brooks was the one who announced the closure of the platform.
The publication that Leif K-Brooks has made is a farewell letter to all those users who, at some point, They used Omegle to interact with strangers. Throughout the text, both gratitude is expressed for all those people who connected every day and a feeling of dejection about the current situation of Omegle.
Omegle closes forever after 14 years of operation and several abuse lawsuits
The operation of Omegle was extremely simple. Users connected to the website and Omegle randomly matched them with people from anywhere in the world. There was no type of filter when making the pairingsthis being one of its main problems.
Meet strangers and talk with them was the main goal of anyone who connected to Omegle. Logically, Not everything was always friendly conversations with people from the world. The lack of filtering when matching users has been the nail in Omegle’s coffin.
The minimum requirements to use Omegle were to be 13 years old, have a webcam and a microphone.. These last two technical aspects are common to almost all laptops on the market, making only age a real requirement and which, unfortunately, was excessively easy to ignore.
Random pairing, minors and video calls They form a combination that has resulted in more than 50 cases of pedophile abuse. The most popular is February 2023 and uncovered by the BBC in which a young woman exposes that Omegle paired her with an abuser, being a victim of this situation at 11 years old.
Leif K-Brooks is aware of all these situations, the sum of all of them being what led him to make the decision to close Omegle. Of course, they are not the only ones and the founder says that The platform is currently unsustainable both emotionally and monetarily..
The end of Omegle was written, with the continued misuse of the platform being the notes of a funeral mark that has been ringing since 2009.
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