Ask.fm is an interest-based social Q&A website, launched in June 2010. Users invite questions from other members of the site. The responses can be received anonymously.
Founded in Latvia in 2010 as a rival to Formspring. It has since overtaken the latter in terms of worldwide traffic generated.
Recently the site has been the subject of several media articles regarding cyber-bullying. This was largely in response to widely-reported cases of anonymous offensive messaging and suicides apparently resulting from such bullying. The site has courted controversy by not having workable reporting, tracking or parental control processes which have become the norm on other social media web-sites.
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