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Find out how to block, report and deactivate on Ask.fm


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What is it?

Ask.fm is a website for answering and asking questions anonymously online. While most people use it for fun and a bit of banter, there can be cases of cyber bullying and abuse so if you would like to know more about how to report any abuse or deactivate your account, check out our guide below.

How does it work?

  • Users can follow you and you can follow other people, similar to Twitter. You can't see who follows you, only how many followers you have. This means you can view answers and questions on a person's profile.
  • You can ask people questions anonymously or identify yourself when you ask them. You can check what questions people have asked you under the "Questions" tab and once you've answered these, they'll appear on your profile.
  • You can link your Ask.fm profile to your Facebook or Twitter so your questions and answers will appear on your timelines.
  • Remember your Ask.fm profile is ALWAYS public. The only thing you can change about your privacy settings is whether anonymous users can ask you questions.

Anonymous questions

While Ask.fm can be used for anonymous questions, you can change the settings on your account so you can avoid getting asked by anonymous users. If a user can be identified they are probably less likely to be abusive online.

To do this on the Ask.fm smartphone app:

  • Go to the side menu (3 horizontal lines).
  • Tap "Settings" (gear icon).
  • Tap Profile.
  • Deselect the "Allow anonymous questions" setting.

Deselect allow anonymous questions setting

Controlling visibility

Anything that you publish to your Ask.fm page is publicly visible, so bear that in mind before posting anything. However, if you get asked a question that you don't want to publish, you don't have to. Plus, if you've published an answer that you no longer want to be visible, you can remove it by clicking the Delete button on the top right corner of the question.

How to report

If you receive abuse or hate speech, you can report it online. You don’t have to be logged into your account to do this. To report a post, tap the flag icon to the right of any question or answer. Then choose the right category and submit your report.

How to block

If you want to block a particular user from asking you questions, you can go to the end of their profile and click Block.

Remember when you block a person from asking you questions anonymously, it doesn’t mean that they can’t still view your other Q&As on your profile.

The Ask.fm Discover feed

The Ask.fm Discover feed is a publicly visible stream of Ask.fm answers from all over the world. If you don't want to appear on it, you can edit this in your Account settings.

  • Go to the side menu (3 horizontal lines).
  • Tap "Settings" (gear icon).
  • Tap "Account".
  • Deselect the "Allow showing my answers on Discover feed" setting.

Deselect discover feed setting

How to deactivate your account

  • Go to the side menu (3 horizontal lines).
  • Tap "Settings" (gear icon).
  • Tap "Account".
  • Tap "Deactivate account".
  • Tap "Deactivate account" again to confirm.

Deactivate Ask fm account setting

You can reactivate your account your account again at a later stage if you wish.

What to do if you are being bullied

Don't reply to the messages, as much as you might want to. It will only make the problem worse. Bullies want to know that they've got you worried and upset. Letting them know they have been successful will only encourage them to continue.

Save the evidence, take a screenshot as proof.

Tell a trusted adult, such as a close relative, a family friend, a teacher, health professional or a youth worker or contact a free confidential support service such as Samaritans – telephone 116 123. See our help services section.

Block and report the bullying to the technology providers such as the mobile phone company, web host or website owner.

Block anonymous questions on Ask.fm in your privacy settings if you decide to use the website.

In serious or persistent cases report the bullying to Gardaí yourself or through your parents.

Ask.fm have a dedicated safety centre that you can visit with links and resources to help young people around a variety of topics, you can visit it here

Screenshot of the Ask.fm safety centre

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Published August 7th, 2013
Last updated February 6th, 2017
Tags ask.fm cyberbullying internet safety
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