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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 18+

My thoughts about this website

In the past, I had dealt with bullying, and people think harming others is ok as well as threatning me and leaving me inapropriate questions especially getting disgusting question, but this time when I ask the team to remove the catfish account, they refuse all they care about is the person their inpersonating, like this one guy is litterly flirting with younger people. Be careful who you talk to on that site people lie and manipulate. Theres people who aren't who they are on the site, and they try to groom you. (they turned this app into a dating site dont date on here)
age 18+

Should be renamed bully fm

Don't let your kids on it as sadly they'll either be subjected to horrible questions or could get caught up in sending them. I never had a ask fm but some of the questions I've read that my friends got were vile they ranged from kill yourself to extremely sexual and vulgar questions . Keep your kids off ask fm as it's hardly a nice place when it's over run with bullying and linked to countless suicides.

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Unclear whether this product uses a user's information to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (17 ):

While the concept of this site -- encouraging people to learn more about their friends and foster a curiosity in others -- is a good one, not all users embrace that line of thinking. There are friendly interactions on -- Q&As about favorite foods or crushes, for example -- but you can't guarantee what kind of response you'll get when you post a question. The social media site has made some moves recently to give users a safer experience, such as offering a site with online safety advice -- but it unfortunately hasn't been able to stop some users from posting negative, inappropriate, and downright mean comments. Kids can turn off anonymous answers and keep themselves out of the live stream, but syncing with Facebook or Twitter means that a much wider audience can see those Q&As, so kids and parents should be mindful of that, too.

The app is unmoderated, which makes it a Wild West-like environment. Within five minutes, we encountered hate speech, obscenities, people singing the praises of illegal drugs, and graphic nudity (with many sexual references). There doesn't appear to be a way to report users directly -- which was particularly disturbing when we found a user whose screen name and avatar image seemed to promote child pornography. We reported it to company officials -- who still did not remove the profile for several days and said they would not alert law enforcement authorities about the user. Though users can report questions and answers they find objectionable, there's also bullying in some answers. This isn't an app kids should be allowed near.

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