Omegle shuts down after 14 years of rollercoaster ride

Founder pulls the plug of Omegle due to several overwhelming challenges.

When it comes to free online chat in recent years, one stands out because of the numerous weird and wild moments. That’s Omegle, which persisted for 14 years, and now has come to an end.

The shutdown was unveiled by Omegle founder Leif K-Brooks. As per Twitter post, Leif recalled how the internet made him an active participant of society.

“The internet opened the door to a much larger, more diverse, and more vibrant world,” he said.

According to a report, Leif launched Omegle when he was 18 years old and was still living with his parents. But the CEO is also a programmer and has contributed to many open-source software projects and even answered computer programming questions from people older than him.

In the same statement, now circulating online, Keif revealed that the shutdown is because of three major factors. First, the cost of keeping the platform up and managing it has been immensely challenging. Second, the price of combating misuse has become overwhelming. And third, the impact of those two has taken a toll both financially and emotionally, leading to difficulties in sustaining Omegle.

The platform was a double-edged sword, beneficial and detrimental depending on how it’s used. Although Omegle served as a communication tool and social sanctuary for millions, it was also misused by many.

In 2020, users shared how prevalent racism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism were on Omegle. In 2021, a man in Australia was charged due to procuring child sex.

Despite the controversies and issues, Omegle served many people globally with fun, weird, and wild moments. Several content creators have used the platform to deliver good entertainment to others as well.

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