Ask.com has acquired the struggling Q&A social media site, Ask.fm, but financial terms of the deal were not announced.
Changes in Safety Policy
New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, says that new owners of the site have agreed to work with authorities.
“Under the terms of the agreement, Ask.fm will revamp its safety policies and procedures,” he said in a statement. “An independent safety and security examiner will be appointed to examine the changes and report on compliance to the Attorney General’s Office for three years.”
The acquisition is intended to stop harassment and bullying among teens on the website.
Ask.fm is still facing criticisms, as many users complain that the website don’t have safety measures to prevent cyberbullying.
The site has been previously associated to suicides in the UK, which has significantly damaged the company’s reputation in the past few months.
Ask.com Chief Executive Doug Leeds has released a statement, saying he aims to “eliminate” bullying from Ask.fm and will focus on ensuring a safer and more fun experience for users.
Leeds said Ask.fm is required to tackle issues and deal with safety complaints within 24 hours.