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Bullied girl's dad backs Ask.fm

The father of Hannah Smith, who committed suicide after being bullied on the Ask.fm website, has described the site's new cybersafety measures as "a good thing". But child protection charities said more needs to be done to stop online bullying.

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Ask.fm delays announcement until after Hannah's funeral

Two of the founders of Ask.fm have released the following statement after it emerged that the website was planning an announcement about safety reforms on the same day as Hannah Smith's funeral:

It has come to our attention today that tomorrow, Friday 16th August, the funeral of Hannah Smith is being held.

This afternoon we were contacted by a journalist in the UK on behalf of Hannah's father.

Upon offering to delay our announcement, Mr Smith expressed his view that it was our decision whether to continue to release our review findings and the changes we plan to make to improve the safety of our site.

We have decided, as a mark of respect to Hannah, her family and their grief, that we will delay any announcement until Monday 19th August.

– Mark and Ilja Terebin, co-founders, Ask.fm

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