New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the media company IAC Thursday announced an agreement aimed at curbing cyberbullying and harassment to protect members of Ask.fm, a social networking website recently purchased by IAC’s operating business Ask.com.
Ask.fm has recently become hugely popular among teenagers.
Under the agreement, Ask.fm will change its safety policies and procedures, including creating a new online Safety Center, hiring a trust and safety officer to act as a primary safety contact, and establishing a Safety Advisory Board to oversee all safety issues.
Ask.fm will also review user complaints within 24 hours and remove users that have been the subject of three complaints. 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.