Ask.FM is making headlines for all the wrong reasonsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's no Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter- it's called Ask FM and it's making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's no Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter- it's called Ask FM and it's making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Parents watch out- the social media site and now APP is gaining ground in our area's middle and high schools.
What's popular now online,
Devon Solwold/Moorhead Freshman: "Trash talking on social media websites."
May not always be what's best.
Solwold: "Ask.FM would be one of the worst."
No, the name has nothing to do with Fargo-Moorhead, but the global site - now app - IS causing bullying here.
Edina Mustafic/Moorhead Freshmen: "I got bullied on it."
It's set up in question and answer format.
Transforming into a virtual chatroom where some of our area youth travel to torment.
Alissa Mears/MSUM Sohpomore: "From what I’ve heard about it, it's not a good website at all, a lot of bullying has come from it."
Especially among teens and tweens, there are more than 60 million users, half under 18.
And the catch- all of them, can post anything anonymously.
Solwold: "People can say whatever they want about somebody and not have to take the blame for it."
Mears: "Whether it's calling you names or making up rumors about you or other people in school, just different things like that."
Cruel comments that have widespread implications.
Mustafic: "I know a lot of people, ever since they started using Ask, have been self-destructing themselves."
Research shows the site has contributed to more than 10 teen suicides.
Rebecca Sedwick from Florida killed herself after someone posted..you seriously deserve to die.
Mears: "Comments eventually will get to you and hit deep."
And the scary thing, you never know who the real bullies are.
Mustafic: "The innocent ones get bullied."
And the victims have no way to stop them.
There have been attempts to shut down Ask FM, but because the site is based in Latvia, its opponents do not have any control.