Omegle, the popular website facilitating video chats with strangers, is closing its virtual doors after almost 15 years.
The decision, announced by founder Leif K-Brooks, follows mounting criticism over safety concerns, including reports of child abuse.
Launched in 2009, Omegle quickly gained popularity as a platform for connecting with new people.
However, it also became notorious for explicit and criminal content. Despite efforts to curb misuse, such as introducing monitored chats, the platform faced backlash for inadequate safety measures.
“Operating Omegle is no longer sustainable, financially nor psychologically. Frankly, I don’t want to have a heart attack,” founder Leif K-Brooks said.
Omegle’s Roller Coaster
The pandemic-induced surge in Omegle’s popularity and increased scrutiny brought to light the platform’s inherent problems.
K-Brooks noted a changing global atmosphere during the pandemic.
He attributed part of the criticism to societal unrest and a lack of empathy.