“I believe that Chatroulette was great in the first honeymoon days after it was launched,” says Andrey Ternovskiy, the founder of Chatroulette, “before it was discovered by a strange people, who started to abuse the true freedom and democratic nature of the service.”
Andrey’s been feeling a bit down lately. Wouldn’t you, after the app you so lovingly hand-crafted to create “a perfect video world” had devolved into a wretched hive of scum and villainy, with more users willing to expose their unmentionables than their face? Yeah, you would. Stop giggling. Seriously, stop it. Can’t you see he’s fragile?
Actually, Andrey’s tougher than we think. After several meager (and hopelessly failed) attempts at slowing Chatroulette’s tide of …er, jewels, Andrey may have found a solution that could more or less punch the issue in the proverbial groin. “Luckily we all live in a real world, and we can easily apply the laws of a real world even on an internet application,” he says.
“With the help of a few good developers we’ve started collecting information, such as IP addresses, logs and screen captures of offenders who actually break US/UN laws by broadcasting inappropriate content in a specific situations.” That’s right. Surprise! If you’re one of those with the camera below the belt, Andrey might have a photo of your sweaty loins. And he’s not afraid to use it. “We are willing to provide all the information we have,” Andrey ensures the unruly public. “I hope that with help of a Criminal law we can finally get the problem out of our shoulders and get existing organizations which usually solve these kind of problems to help us.”
So, eyes forward, and keep that camera at shoulder height. In Russia, Chatroulette watches you.