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Omegle shuts down for good after 14 years

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By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Nov 09, 2023 11:46 pm
Omegle shuts down for good

Popular online video chat platform, Omegle, is shutting down for good after 14 years of existence citing misuse of the platform.

Omegle, the video chat platform celebrated for its innovative approach to facilitating anonymous one-on-one conversations between strangers, has officially been plugged off, its founder announced. The shutdown, however, has sparked controversy, with financial and psychological challenges being cited as the primary culprits in the downfall of this once-popular platform.

Omegle, due to the nature of its anonymous service, became a creative hub for content creators who engaged in pranks and recorded entertaining conversations. Launched by Leif K-Brooks at 18, it quickly garnered popularity, achieving around 150,000 daily page views within a month of its 2009 debut.

Leif K-Brooks addressed the issues leading to the closure, stating that the financial burden and stress associated with managing the platform had become insurmountable. “Operating Omegle is no longer sustainable, financially nor psychologically,” he revealed on the website. The platform has faced scrutiny in more than 50 cases involving pedophiles in recent years, contributing to the contentious atmosphere surrounding its closure.

Despite introducing videotelephony in 2010 and updating its user age policy in 2022, limiting usage to those 18 or older, Omegle faced ongoing challenges, including child exploitation and attacks on communication services.

In acknowledging the misuse of the platform, K-Brooks commented, “There can be no honest accounting of Omegle without acknowledging that some people misused it, including to commit unspeakably heinous crimes.” The founder emphasised the substantial financial strain and the desire to alleviate stress as key factors in the decision to shut down Omegle. “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,” he explained, adding, “Frankly, I don’t want to have a heart attack in my 30s.”

As news of Omegle’s closure spread, social media platforms buzzed with thousands of users commenting on the situation. Some highlighted concerns about its impact on content creators who relied on the platform for recording interactions with strangers.

Those attempting to visit the now-defunct website are greeted with a virtual tombstone, symbolising Omegle’s existence from 2009 to 2023.

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By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Nov 09, 2023 11:46:36 pm
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