A controversial social networking website linked to a number of bullying and suicide cases has unveiled changes to make the site safer.
Ask.fm has been linked to online cyberbullying and blamed for the deaths of a number of children including cases in Lancashire.
The parents of Joshua Unsworth, 15, who was found dead behind his family home in Goosnargh, Preston, in April this year backed electronic petitions calling for ask.fm to be banned.
The site was also criticised by family members of Anthony Stubbs, 16, who was discovered dead in January after it emerged his girlfriend and cousin received a torrent of abuse on ask.fm.
Ask.fm has now pledged to view all reports within 24 hours, make the report button more visible, and include bullying and harassment as a category for a report.
It said some of the changes will be live on the site by September.
Ask.fm has said it will:
Hire more staff including a safety officer, to moderate comments on the site
Create a “bullying” category for reported comments, alongside “spam or scam”, “hate speech”, “violence” and “pornographic content”
Raise the visibility of a function to opt out of receiving anonymous questions
Limit the number of features unregistered users are able to access and require an email address upon sign-up for registered users.