A teenager from Salford is raising awareness about the devastating effect cyber bullying can have on young people.
Liam Royle was bullied when he was 14 after his Facebook account was hacked and malicious messages were sent to his friends and family. He's encouraging others not to suffer in silence as part of Anti-Bullying Week.
Ask.fm founders Mark and Ilja Terebin ended their "open letter" with and insistence that most of its users were "happy teenagers" and that bullying "is not unique" to their site.
The vast majority of our users are very happy teenagers, who use Ask.fm to converse with their peers around the world about the things that interest them.
Bullying is an age-old problem that we in no way condone – and while its evolution online is disturbing, it certainly is not unique to our site.
We will continue to work with the appropriate organisations to safeguard against bullying on Ask.fm – and we would welcome the opportunity to align with the rest of industry and society in fighting it on a higher level.
We are proud of the phenomenal popularity of the social network we have created and strive every day to make it better and safer.
In the last half hour, BT, Durex, and DialAFlight have become the latest advertisers to cut their links with ask.fm, after the Prime Minister called for a public boycott of websites that don't do enough about online bullying.
Much of the advertising on the site is run through Google AdSense, a largely automated advertising platform that provides service to most firms advertising on the web.
A mother from Longridge has welcomed the Prime Minister's call for a boycott of what he calls 'vile internet sites'. Michelle Unsworth believes there's strong that evidence her son Joshua may have taken his own life, after falling victim to cyber bullying. learn more here