Chatroulette Back Up and Running….

Chatroulette, the controversial website that offers random video chat with strangers, was back Monday after being down for more than a week for promised improvements.

Based on early peeks at the revamped site, however, it didn’t appear to have upgraded its bare-bones appearance much. And if there was an effort to stop people from using the site for … ahem … self-pleasure, it didn’t seem to have worked.

“As far as content goes, well, suffice to say that it took 4 full minutes of refreshing to get a screenshot without a penis in it,” social-media blog Mashable was reporting Monday morning. “Yes, some things never change.”

Chatroulette became a minor web phenomenon last winter and drew a flurry of media attention for creative ways people were using the site — and its often pornographic nature.

Some users have reported fun and interesting conversations sparked on the site. Users have been known to dress in costumes or stage elaborate pranks for their chat partners.

But shortly after the site launched in November, Internet analysts began predicting that users exposing themselves online would be the death of Chatroulette.

Late last month, Ternovskiy promised efforts to clean up the site, saying he is out to create a “perfect video world” where people can talk across national borders and beyond social cliques and demographics.

He posted a note on the site saying that new efforts were starting to track down, and possibly arrest, video-chat flashers.

“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 innapropriate [sic] content in a specific situations,” he wrote.

“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.”

Ternovskiy also created separate “adult” channels on Chatroulette for users 16 or older. But the site offered no way to verify the ages of its users.

Although, judging by the guy in the pic above, i may have to join…. :)
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