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TheJudge
We've seen the tragic cases of cyberbullying and digital self harm on Ask.fm which has resulted in suicides in the media. They (Ask.fm new owners) have pledged their commitment to change their safety and support policies. How does everybody think the changes have made a difference? Has anybody been affected by cyberbullying or abuse while using the 'new' Ask.fm? Do you think they have a real commitment to change and protect their users or is it all just hot air?
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CybersmileTeam
Welcome to our support community TheJudge. You've introduced yourself with a really interesting topic so thank you and we're looking forward to hearing from you lots more!
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TheJudge

In reply to *CybersmileTeam*

Thank you, I'll be contributing and passing my judgements wherever and whenever I can!
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SamS
welcome to the community the judge :) I think until some change is seen and impacting the service users it is difficult to say whether they are committed with their pledge to make it more safe
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melia.pond
Originally posted by TheJudge
We've seen the tragic cases of cyberbullying and digital self harm on Ask.fm which has resulted in suicides in the media. They (Ask.fm new owners) have pledged their commitment to change their safety and support policies. How does everybody think the changes have made a difference? Has anybody been affected by cyberbullying or abuse while using the 'new' Ask.fm? Do you think they have a real commitment to change and protect their users or is it all just hot air?


Hey judge, nice to have you join us on here but also what a great topic! Ask.fm is something I've always been against since when it first came out, well came into the news. I personally know of someone who was severely bullied due to ask.fm and resulted in suicide, this was before the changes. Since the changes I've heard of less problems, but I do know that bullying still takes place as it does on most social media sites. I feel like although the new owners are trying to improve it that they wont be able to much due to the concept of the site. What do others think?
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GamerGirl
Like a lot of the social media companies I think Ask.fm grew much quicker than the original founders could adjust to and unfortunately adequate safety and security policies weren't in place which resulted in the tragedies so widely reported in the media. The new owners have hired a security specialist in the hope that she can change their profile or the new owners have pledged to close it down. Personally, I think they need to do a LOT more than hire her. We need to be seeing all these platforms working with as many NGO's and non profits as possible to at least show they are trying everything They can to offer support to their users.
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Marti
Originally posted by GamerGirl
Like a lot of the social media companies I think Ask.fm grew much quicker than the original founders could adjust to and unfortunately adequate safety and security policies weren't in place which resulted in the tragedies so widely reported in the media. The new owners have hired a security specialist in the hope that she can change their profile or the new owners have pledged to close it down. Personally, I think they need to do a LOT more than hire her. We need to be seeing all these platforms working with as many NGO's and non profits as possible to at least show they are trying everything They can to offer support to their users.

I agree. I don't think that any one site can do this alone and they need the support of organisations like cybersmile to help out if they cant handle it themselves. Even recognising the problem is an issue for some platforms!
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David85
AskFm seemed to be almost out of control a year or so ago with a number of suicide cases linked with their platform. They did not handle it very well at all. I don't know if things have improved that much, the site does the same thing as it has always done so unless they have completely changed the support they offer users then I can't see what's new? Maybe their press team are just better at handling it now?
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SuperDad
I'm still hearing my children talking about cyberbullying on ask.fm so I'm not sure how much it's changed. In fairness though, we need to give them a chance to turn it around. How long have the new owners had it?
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nicobico

In reply to SuperDad

It was purchased by Ask.com in august of 2014. Since then it has changed actually, obviously not to the extent where there is no cyberbullying but it has definitely decreased. I used to scroll through my feed and see almost only rude remarks or insults. Now its half of that and more of the random dumb questions.
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CybersmileTeam

In reply to nicobico

Welcome to the community NICOBICO, great to have you on here! Thanks for the contribution and we're looking forward to hearing much more from you : )
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DavidT
Welcome to cybersmile The Judge & NICOBICO,

i'v had a few bad experiences with ask.fm which was about 2 years ago since then i have not being back to the site since. i also noticed when i reported cyberbullying happening where it was towards my self or someone else the comments was not removed.

I do however believe that they can do more to help stop cyber bullying happening on there site.

I think if they notice cyber bullying happening on there platform they should remove the posts and also ban the IP address they was sent from. even thought this may not stop cyber bullies posting not things as they can use proxy severs. but something should be put in place to stop it from happening.