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Ask.fm is planning to move to Ireland and at least one minister isn't happy

Charlie Flanagan wants the issue discussed by Government.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER Charlie Flanagan has said that Ask.fm moving to Ireland is a “matter for concern” and he intends raising it with Government.

The website has been subject of criticism both in Ireland and abroad after a number of teenagers who died by suicide did so after after being cyberbullied on the site.

The site allows users to post questions anonymously and, although the site’s CEO says it has made safety changes, anonymous questions are still a key component to its functionality.

Before Flanagan was appointed as Foreign Affairs Minister he held the role of Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and this morning tweeted that he is worried about Ask.fm’s plans to base in Ireland.

Reports yesterday stated that Ask.fm is planning to appoint a “law enforcement affairs officer” based in Ireland.

Read: Ask.fm is moving its HQ to Ireland >

Read: Suicide prevention charity tells teens to seek help after Erin tragedy >

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