It’s been more than half a year since the Ask.FM ‘crysis’, where a young girl [aged 15] took her life after receiving vicious ‘hate messages’ on the site. Something had to be done. Soon after, the Ask.FM team faced a court sentence of ‘Man Slaughter’, something was later done, nearly 2 weeks later the team added a much needed ‘Panic Button’, meaning if any users received ‘hate messages’ they could immediately press this button in need of help. I myself however, never saw this feature. Which makes me believe it was a country specific feature, meaning it hasn’t had much of an impact on us.
In the long term however, the site hasn’t been mentioned and no reports of death [from the site] have sprung up in the media lately. It seems that the users haven’t been using it since that start of 2014 as much as they used too.
It’s times like this that make me wonder if this will happen again and how the online social world will adapt to the issue. Every time something so far like this has opened up internationally we seem to be able to cope without external sources like America’s FBI/CIA and Britain’s MI6 and the internet world has the ability to mould around issues.
Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that this shall not happen again.
R.I.P to all that took their lives from Ask.FM.