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What happens on Ask.fm?

From the banal to the bizarre to the bullying.

Image: Ask.fm

SOCIAL NETWORK ASK.FM is moving its headquarters to Ireland.

The anonymous questions site has so far been implicated in the suicides of two Irish teenagers and has been mentioned in relation to a number of teenagers worldwide.

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.

But what is it?

How it works

Ostensibly, Ask.fm is a social network aimed at teenagers. Users sign up and, generally, use their real names and pictures.

Other users can then post questions anonymously.

Some of these questions will be linked back to a user, but the vast majority are not.

This can, unfortunately, lead to abusive messages being left anonymously, but the site says that they take steps to tackle this.

The questions

If you visit the Ask.fm homepage, you will be able to view random profiles, which will give an insight in to some of the questioning.

Largely, it’s banal, some is tedious and some is downright nasty.

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These messages have all been sent to the same 16-year-old girl.

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Read: Do you object to Ask.fm’s move to Ireland?

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

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