Ask.fm becomes 110th member of IWF

Published:  Fri 7 Feb 2014

The popular teenage question and answer social network, ask.fm Opens in New Window, has taken a big step in the fight for child safety by becoming the latest organisation to join the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

With nearly 100 million registered users now asking more than 30 million questions a day, ask.fm Opens in New Window is committed to doing everything it can to prevent any kind of abuse on its site.  In the past few months the company has implemented a number of changes to its policies and practices to ensure its users engage with each other safely.

Ilja Terebin, ask.fm Opens in New Window’s CEO, said: “We are pleased to have been accepted as a member of the Internet Watch Foundation, an organisation that has been at the cutting edge in the fight against criminal online content since it was established in 1996.

“The safety and protection of our users, especially our younger ones, is of paramount importance to us and we are pleased that we will now have the opportunity to learn from their expertise going forward.”

Susie Hargreaves, Internet Watch Foundation CEO, said: “It is important for social network users to feel confident about the actions taken when they’ve reported something that is of concern. Our partnership will protect users from child sexual abuse content and promote a safer online environment.”

Ends

Contact

ask.fm: Ross Hall, 07738198935 or [email protected].

Internet Watch Foundation: 01223 203030 or [email protected].

About the Internet Watch Foundation

The IWF is the Hotline to report:

    child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world;
    criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK;
    non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.

For more information please visit www.iwf.org.uk.

The IWF is part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, working with Childnet International and the South West Grid for Learning to promote the safe and responsible use of technology.

About Internet Watch Foundation membership

IWF Members have access to a range of services designed to combat online child sexual abuse images and videos. These services help reduce the ability of criminals to exploit legitimate services and speed up the removal of child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world.

The IWF and its Member organisations are committed to the shared vision of an internet free of child sexual abuse content.

For information about becoming a Member of the IWF please visit www.iwf.org.uk/join-us or email: [email protected].

Teenage boys targeted as hotline sees ‘heartbreaking’ increase in child ‘sextortion’ reports

Teenage boys targeted as hotline sees ‘heartbreaking’ increase in child ‘sextortion’ reports

The IWF and NSPCC say tech platforms must do more to protect children online as confirmed sextortion cases soar.

18 March 2024 News
Pioneering chatbot reduces searches for illegal sexual images of children

Pioneering chatbot reduces searches for illegal sexual images of children

A major 18-month trial project has demonstrated a first-of-its-kind chatbot and warning message can reduce the number of online searches that may potentially be indicative of intent to find sexual images of children.

29 February 2024 News
“Trailblazing” partnership takes aim at criminals profiting from child sexual abuse online

“Trailblazing” partnership takes aim at criminals profiting from child sexual abuse online

Criminals running commercial child sexual abuse ‘brands’ are taking advantage of a ‘loophole’ to remain online. This new partnership aims to shut them down for good.

7 February 2024 News