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Controversial website Ask.fm relocates to Ireland






Controversial website Ask.fm is relocating to Ireland.

The website, which allows users to post anonymous questions to each other, has become the subject of criticism both here and abroad after cyber-bullying on the site.

The company is moving from Latvia and will also appoint a "law enforcement affairs officer" in Dublin in a move designed to "materially improve the safety of the site".

It was bought out by US billionaire Barry Diller's IAC back in August.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The move was first reported by the Financial Times.

ASK.FM has 180m monthly users.

Chief executive Doug Leeds, said today the company is updating its policies.

"In an effort to provide new and enhanced information to our users in important areas, such as how to block and report users or problematic content, how to disable the anonymous feature or block anonymous questions, and to provide more explanation of our safety controls and website rules.

"There will be no changes to the fundamental aspects of the service such as charging for it or removing the ability to ask questions anonymously. Rather, these changes are designed to empower our user base with more information about how to control their experience on Ask.fm."

Online Editors