Users who experience harassment or witness illegal, immoral, or pornographic activity may report the offending user.If three users complain about the same participant within five minutes, the user is temporarily banned from the service.This tab also allows users to write an 'about me' section about themselves, including languages they speak and their taste in music, movies, and games.Users can also upload an image of themselves to add to their profiles.The website uses Adobe Flash to display video and access the user's webcam.Flash's peer-to-peer network capabilities (via RTMFP) allow almost all video and audio streams to travel directly between user computers, without using server bandwidth.
According to certain reports and a firsthand test, the majority of the site's users are male and overwhelmingly young, and people in their 30s are usually mocked on the site for being too "old".About one in eight spins yielded someone apparently naked, exposing themselves, or engaging in a sexual act.A user was twice as likely to encounter a sign requesting female nudity than to encounter actual female nudity.About one in three females appeared as such a group, and one in 12 males.A user was more likely to encounter a webcam featuring no person at all than one featuring a sole female.Within a year of the site's launch, Chatroulette received criticism, particularly with respect to the offensive, obscene, or pornographic material that some users of this site were exhibiting. Keith Ablow advised, "Parents should keep all their children off the site because it's much too dangerous for children. This is one of the worst faces of the Internet that I've seen.It's disconnecting human relationships rather than connecting them." Emie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, told CBS' The Early Show that the site was the "last place parents want their kids to be.Visitors to the website begin an online chat (text, audio, and video) with another visitor.At any point, either user may leave the current chat by initiating another random connection.However, certain combinations of routers will not allow UDP traffic to flow between them, and then falling back to RTMP is necessary.Initially, the site only asked users to confirm that they are at least 18 years old and agree on terms to not broadcast any offensive or pornographic content. However, the website now requires users to register for free before they can use the features of the website.