It's A Wrap For Omegle: This Video Chat Website Shuts Down After 14 Years

End Of The Omegle World: The Fall Of Curtain Happens After 14 Years Of Operations

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10.11.2023

It’s the fall of the curtain for Omegle after 14 years of operation in the market. The video chat website started its journey in 2009. In 2023, it shuts down, followed by user abuse.

Omegle offered people a platform to connect to strangers. It further rose in popularity after youngsters and children flocked to the platform in great numbers during the COVID period. However, all did not go well with the platform, as fifty cases against pedophiles had a mention of Omegle.

In 2021, Omegle was hauled legally for a defective product. The platform was also accused of enabling child abuse as it matched an 11-year-old girl with an older guy who abused her later. Carrie Goldberg’s firm solicits the legal matter of the girl. Goldberg said that the shutdown was a result of a mediation between Omegle and the abused girl.

However, Child safety issues have been a matter of concern for almost all social media platforms. Omegle filed more than 608000 issues to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2022. The count of reports for Instagram was 5 million, while Facebook lodged more than 21 million similar reports.

The Reason Behind The Shut-Down

Leif Brooks, the founder of the platform, said that Omegle is “no longer sustainable, financially nor psychologically.”

Brooks further added, “There can be no honest accounting of Omegle without acknowledging that some people misused it, including to commit unspeakably heinous crimes. As much as I wish circumstances were different, the stress and expense of this fight – coupled with the existing stress and expense of operating Omegle, and fighting its misuse – are simply too much. Frankly, I don’t want to have a heart attack in my 30s.”

The announcement for Omegle’s closure came with an image on a gravestone. Again, when the announcements came, the reactions were majorly based on the notorious records of the platform regarding child abuse.

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Debamalya is a professional content writer from Kolkata, India. Constantly improving himself in this industry for more than three years, he has amassed immense knowledge regarding his niches of writing tech and gaming articles. He loves spending time with his cats, along with playing every new PC action game as soon as possible.

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