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article imageFacebook cartoon avatars not linked to pedophiles, says FB

By Paul Wallis     Dec 7, 2010 in Internet
A rumor has been circulating that pedophiles are behind the viral campaign for cartoon avatars has been denied by Facebook spokesman Simon Axten talking to Fox News. The theory was based on the idea that the cartoon avatars could “date” users.
The UK Daily Mail broke the rumor, and that made the pedophile theory spread like a virus through the net, simultaneous with the news that the NSPCC charity wasn’t related to the Facebook avatar campaign.
The result has been confusion. Axten states the rumor is false, but Facebook users aren’t so sure, pointing out that cartoon characters are generational.
There’s no lack of theories, either. Some point to a Greek group which decided to change their avatars, others point out a “what color is your bra” campaign which was similarly organized, and eventually turned into a support campaign for breast cancer awareness.
One area of legitimate concern has been raised in that the concept of an easy way of communicating with kids on Facebook is the real issue. While most experts haven’t condemned the cartoon avatars, they’re more worried about the possibility of pedophiles using the avatars as a way of contacting young kids.
The typical internet haze has settled over the cartoon avatar issues. No definitive answers have been produced, and no definite yes or no to any of the questions looks likely. The cartoon avatars have become icons on FB, and the cartoon avatar group has 90,000 members.
If you search “cartoon avatars”, you get 612,000 images on Google, from Disney to anime characters by the swarm. Check out the quality. If you want to be a cartoon character, stick to your own tastes, or you’ll have an identity crisis- and probably need a new wardrobe. Never mind pedophiles, they’d get lost.
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