Habbo labelled 'paedophile haven' by documentary

Habbo labelled 'paedophile haven' by documentary

By Ben Parfitt

June 12th 2012 at 1:46PM

Report to highlight 'the extent of sexually explicit material on the social network'

Kids social network Habbo (formerly Habbo Hotel) will tonight be labelled as a “paedophile haven” by a special report on Channel 4 News tonight.

Kernel reports that the show will highlight “the extent of sexually explicit material on the social network”, with one newspaper already preparing national coverage.

It’s not the first time the site has been embroiled in grooming controversies but it is most certainly the highest profile investigation yet seen on the subject.

Investors in Habbo owner Sulake are expected to turn cold on the company as a result, with the second largest shareholder Balderton Capital expected to give up its 13 per cent stake and resign from the board.

“We were given some information a week ago that profoundly shocked us,” a Balderton spokesperson stated.

“We had to ask ourselves whether we were comfortable being investors in a business where children were not being adequately protected."

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