The following message from the founder and creator of chatroulette was previously posted on site for a while. It has since been removed as several upgrades and changes have been implemented.


Message from the creator
Utopian world & its dark side challenges

Hey everyone
My name is Andrey and I am the founder of this service. I just wanted to let you know, that I believe that Chatroulette was great in the first honeymoon days after it was launched, before it was discovered by a strange people, who started to abuse the true freedom and democratic nature of the service.

While many people understood the concept of roulette, where sometimes you can lose the game - due to randomness, over time it became a major bottleneck in further development of the service, because of a certain difficulties with raising venture capital, legally operating on the United States territory and having to deal with negative feedback.

However, I did not waste our time and I was constantly trying to develop protective measures and technical solutions to circumvent the problem. 

I've always believed in a good nature of our service, in its future potential and I have never stopped my work on creating a perfect video world. Overtime, I've reviewed dozens of a solutions and I was able to try only some of them.  While some of them, with all their technological complexity (recognition, analytical technologies) did help us a little, I still had the same challenge again and again.

Recently I decided to seriously look into issue again, and I've had a breakthrough.


Luckily we all live in a real world, and we can easily apply the laws of a real world even on an internet application. 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. We've captured and saved thousands of IP addresses of alleged offenders, along with logs and screenshots which prove wrong behavior. We are initiating a conversation with enforcement agencies and we are willing to provide all the information we have. 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.

What's now?

We've blocked thousands of IP addresses, reported offenders and service seems to be much cleaner than before. That is cool. Now give us some time to put new features in place

What's next?

For me, future seems to be bright. We've interesting ideas to try in the future and nothing is going to stop us. Our users are returning back to the service and new features are slowly, but steady are being added (Local matching algorithms, Channels). We are lucky that time is on our side, since our service is all about video - and over time, people are getting better and better internet connections, software and hardware are being improved and I hope that someday our service will become a beautiful video world, an internet country with no borders and locations.

Have a fun experience!

Andrey Ternovskiy
CEO, Chatroulette inc.
July 23, 2010

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