Website clamps down on bullying after teenage suicides
LONDON (REUTERS) - Online social network Ask.fm said on Monday it would clamp down on bullying after coming under fire from child safety campaigners for a string of suicides in Britain that were linked to the website popular with teenagers.
Earlier this month Hannah Smith, 14, hanged herself at her family's home after suffering months of bullying on the Latvia-based website, which allows users to post questions and comments to each other, anonymously if they want.
This was the fourth teenage suicide in Britain linked to the website in the past year and prompted some companies, including Vodafone, Laura Ashley and the Save the Children charity, to withdraw advertising from the site.
Following Smith's suicide, Prime Minister David Cameron said Internet users should boycott "vile" websites that allow cyberbullying to avoid any more deaths, while some schools urged parents to get their children off the site.