Paul LaFontaine, CEO at Habbo studio Sulake, has been forced to defend the children’s gaming and chat website, after an investigation by UK broadcaster Channel 4 which has uncovered alleged lapses in moderation. Habbo, previously known as Habbo Hotel, first launched in 2000 and touts itself as a hangout for teenagers. The service currently boasts over 268 million registered users in total and 10 million unique visitors every month.  Channel 4’s latest report on the social website says that on fifty separate occasions, the reporter was quickly met with chat that was “very sexual, perverse, violent [and] pornographic” in nature, and not suitable for the audience it is aimed at.

[via Gamasutra]


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