Ask.fm underfire for possible link to teen suicides

August 21, 2013 6:31:56 PM PDT
A popular new website has some parents and experts expressing new concerns.

Ask.fm is the latest site for teens to share photos and gossip. They can post anonymously without their parents knowing. It's a way of connecting to other teens. But they also open themselves up to anonymous bullying.

"I would be sitting in my bed and I would cry because it was like, how can people be so mean?" college student Molly Cannon asked.

"It is a dangerous thing for some teenagers to go on these sites because they are met with such hostility and such ugly statements," clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair said.

The website has been mentioned in connection with five teen suicides and was used by kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson after her rescue in Idaho.

The company says it is committed to ensuring the site is a safe environment for all users.


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