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However, certain combinations of routers will not allow UDP traffic to flow between them, and then it is necessary to fall back to RTMP.
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.
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 that "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.
Some users dress in costumes to entertain the viewer the site pairs them with, while others play music or host dance parties.
A complicated legal environment surrounds Chatroulette with respect to the sexual activities that occur frequently on the site.
1 in 8 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.
One informal study published in March 2010 shows that nearly half of all Chatroulette "spins" connected a user with someone in the USA, while the next most likely country was France with 15%.
This is a huge red flag; this is extreme social networking.
This is a place kids are going to gravitate to." Ternovskiy told the New York Times that "Everyone finds his own way of using the site.
1 in 3 females appeared as such a group, and 1 in 12 males.
A user was more likely to encounter a webcam featuring no person at all than one featuring a sole female.
As the number of active users grew, Ternovskiy has had to rewrite the entire code to cope with the load, the management of which being the most challenging part of his project.