What Is Omegle?Omegle is a website created in 2009 to help strangers meet online and communicate through videos and texts. However, the content can sometimes be sexual. Even though the minimum age for Omegle users is 18 years, it is not uncommon to find children as young as 13 years on the platform. The website does not have any age-verification measures. While the platform has operated for more than a decade, its popularity spiked in 2020. The popularity likely occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the emergence of TikTok. According to reports by BBC, Omegle had a popularity index of about 34 million visits globally in January 2020. The numbers significantly improved to over 65 million by January 2021.
The Problem With OmegleWhen the COVID-19 pandemic struck, many children were allowed time on the internet for educational purposes. While on the internet, most of them joined websites like Omegle, where they were subject to online sexual abuse. Most people currently express their concerns about the credibility of Omegle because the platform does not have any age verification measures. As a result, children can pair with adults, exposing them to sexual predators and other malicious parties. Also, Omegle does not have a feature that allows users to report what they find abusive on the platform. There is no way that a minor partnered with an adult can air out their grievances.
Who Is Eligible to File an Omegle Lawsuit?Anyone who has used Omegle and feels they experienced sexual abuse can file an Omegle lawsuit. You will need to prove how you experienced sexual abuse and the damages suffered. Some examples of sexual abuse you may have experienced include (but are not limited to):
- The abuser asking for unwanted, sexually explicit pictures
- The abuser threatening you for not sending said pictures
- The abuser sending sexual messages or pictures
- The abuser stalking your internet activity