Take Two for August 20, 2013

Ask.fm changes safety policy to combat cyber bullying

Ask.fm

Ask.fm

Screenshot of Ask.fm website.

Earlier this month, we talked about one of the hottest social networking sites for teens and pre-teens, Ask.fm. While it's growing in popularity, it's also become a place for cyber bullies to torment other kids online.

In recent weeks, more suicides have been tied to bullying on Ask.fm, and there's mounting pressure for the site to better protect its young users. 

The site announced Monday that it will make changes to combat cyber bullying by making the report button more apparent, and they'll be adding a special reporting category for bullying and harassment. It will also implement an opt-out option to prevent anonymous questions and help users better moderate the content they receive. The changes are expected to be rolled out in September and October. 

For more, we're joined again by Casey Newton, senior reporter for the technology site The Verge based in San Francisco. 


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