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Ask.fm Gets Online Safety Updates After Teenage Suicides

After the anonymous Q&A site was implicated in several fatal instances of cyberbullying, it’s ramped up features to protect users against harassment.

Ask.fm Gets Online Safety Updates After Teenage Suicides
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Ask.fm, the anonymous Q&A social networking site, has made some changes to its online safety policy designed to protect users from harassment. The new changes follow several recent media reports that cite Ask.fm as the destination where various instances of teenage cyberbullying occurred, at times resulting in a victim’s suicide.

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Among the new changes, Ask.fm is making the button users can click to report abuse more prominent. Users can also cite “bullying and harassment” as the reason for a report, and Ask.fm says it will increase its staff to include a safety officer, as well as have moderators view all reports within 24 hours.

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Christina is an associate editor at Fast Company, where she writes about technology, social media, and business.

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