The Latvian-based site started on 16 July 2010 and quickly gained huge popularity. By 2013, it had 80 million registered users worldwide, mostly teenagers. Today, it has 215 million registered users and 11,000 questions are entered to the site every minute.
In many cases, this has led to online harassment, to the point where some teenagers have committed suicide. This is the reason why the Sun, Specsavers and BT Group, among others, have distanced themselves from the site.
We advise you, if you use this site, to do so very responsibly. Remember: all information once it goes online, stays online. And if you receive any abusive anonymous messages, do not respond to them, simply delete them.
If a user has a negative experience on the site, such as being a victim of abuse, they can report the problem to Ask.fm staff.