When Chatroulette launched in 2009, everyone was excited about the prospect of connecting with random people via video. The site had impressive, rapid growth, as more and more people hopped on to see what this new phenomenon was all about — the New York Times even called it “intensively addictive.” However, as the site grew, it became known as the spot for people who were there for sexual exhibitionism, and it quickly became clear that it wasn’t a “family-friendly” environment.
And that’s where CamSurf comes in.
Frustrated with the lack of moderation on Chatroulette (and other random video chat sites) that led to them becoming de-facto porn sites, CamSurf was launched with a team of moderators and strict rules against any adult content. Users who violate the rules are immediately kicked off the platform, making the site safe for users of all ages.
“CamSurf is leading the way in family-friendly video chat,” says co-founder Peter Zeldin. “Our platform is among the fastest chatroulette platforms online. We have a consistently high number of users, and our team of moderators ensure that chatting on CamSurf is safe, friendly, and fun for everyone.”
In addition to a prohibition of any kind of nudity or masturbation, CamSurf also doesn’t allow “offensive language,” which includes not just curse words but bullying, insulting other users, making fun, and “being rude in any way.” They’re so serious about combatting cyberbullying, in fact, that they’ve recently launched a new initiative called Safespace, which will inform and educate users about cyberbullying as well as offer help to any CamSurf users who have experienced cyberbullying. They’re also training their moderators to be able to spot cyberbullying more readily.
“We thrive on innovative ideas such as the implementation of ‘Safespace’ – an anti-cyberbullying campaign designed to help users of our service who feel isolated or concerned about online bullying,” Zeldin told KillerStartups. “With many more innovative ideas in the pipeline for 2016, CamSurf is the most exciting chatroulette platform online!”
The site currently boosts tens of thousands of users, with as many as 40,000 users online at any time. Their lightweight platform makes it super easy to connect — all you have to do is go onto the site and allow it to access your microphone and camera. Once you’ve given that permission, you can instantly connect with a random person anywhere in the world or in a specific country, if you utilize their filters. They’ve also just launched an Android app that has been downloaded over 10,000 times already, and boasts an average rating of 3.5 stars from almost 2,000 reviews.
Interested in connecting with new people in a nudity-free environment? Want to learn a new language or just make a new friend? Head over to CamSurf and get started chatting now!