Iphone accessible sex chat rooms
Habbo has said that it is "one of the safest online communities" and that it employs a set of safety procedures common to many social networks, including automated monitoring for a blacklist of dangerous sites that might be linked to or words that might be used in conversation.
But a blog post by Mr Lafontaine last week revealed that the site was monitoring the conversations of over 250 million people with a team of just 225 moderators.
With 70 million messages exchanged every day on the network, commentators and experts have suggested that Habbo isn't doing enough to protect young children.
While the company maintains that the problems discovered by journalists were "a challenge for every social media community," criticism has focused on the site because of its popularity with young children.
One journalist posing as a 13-year-old was asked to strip live on webcam "within two minutes" of logging in to the site.
In an echo of the "very sexual, perverse, violent, pornographic," conversations uncovered by investigators, Habbo fans also targeted Channel Four News programme editor Oliver King and anchor Jon Snow with abuse and death threats on Twitter.
Paul Lafontaine, CEO of Habbo's parent company Sulake, said in a statement that the reason for unlocking the chat features was to enable Habbo's "global community of responsible and proud users" to debate how the site should be moderated in future.