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Omegle officially shuts down after 14 years

Omegle 13, the virtual chat site founded in 2009 has officially bid its farewell. Accessing the site right now only shows a letter from Omegle founder Leif K-Brooks attached with a seemingly AI-generated image of the site’s tombstone indicating 2009-2023.

Omegle Officially Shuts Down After 14 Years Fi

“Operating Omegle is no longer sustainable, financially nor psychologically,” said K-Brooks.

According to him, Omegle served as a platform for meeting new people in a spontaneous manner, emphasizing the importance of fulfilling the basic human need to connect with others.

Omegle was designed with anonymity as a default feature to enhance safety, and K-Brooks acknowledges that while it had many positive uses, it was also misused for nefarious purposes.

Recent news about the platform says that it was swarming with online predators, mostly pedophiles. According to Cybertip.ca 20, there was an average of one report of online sexual abuse on children every two days as of June 2023.

He stresses the responsibility to combat such misuse and explains the extensive moderation and cooperation with law enforcement agencies to address these issues.

The founder also expressed concern about recent attacks on Omegle and other online communication services, arguing that these attacks ultimately harm the users who benefit from these platforms.

He defends the idea that restrictions should not unfairly target innocent users and emphasizes the importance of personal freedom and self-expression.

Citing the stress and financial burdens associated with operating Omegle and fighting its misuse, K-Brooks ultimately decided to discontinue running the after platform after 14 years.

See his letter in full while it’s posted on omegle.com 825.

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JM's highest stat is probably his curious ardor to anything tech—electronics and gaming in particular. He certainly heeds utmost regard to specsheet, visuals, and rule of thirds. If creativity and wit sometimes leave JM's system, watching films, anime and a good stroll for memes are his approved therapeutic claims.

2 Responses

  1. Avatar for nica nica says:

    Sad to see Omegle go after 14 years, it was a unique platform that connected people globally. However, the misuse of the site leading to heinous crimes was a concerning issue. Let’s hope for safer alternatives like Emerald Chat to provide a secure space for online interactions.

  2. Avatar for Gina Gina says:

    With features like chat rooms sorted by topics, Chatrandom stands out as an adult-friendly alternative to Omegle.

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