Father blames social-media trolls for daughter’s suicide

Hannah SmithA teenage girl committed suicide after being sent abusive messages on a social networking site, claimed her father.

Fourteen-year old Hannah Smith passed away on Friday in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. According to her father—Dave Smith, Hannah committed suicide after being sent brutal messages on the website ask.fm, a question-and-answer social media site that let its users exchange questions and answers.

Mr. Smith says that the authorities need to shut down ask.fm and sites that are similar to it.

“On Friday morning my daughter was found hanged,” wrote Dave on a Facebook post. “(I saw) her ask.fm account and someone had been telling her to die. I have just seen the abuse my daughter got and the fact that these people can be anonymous is wrong.”

A new petition calls for greater measures to handle websites like ask.fm.

Experts say that cyberbullying is becoming a prevalent problem. Affirmative action groups have already began campaigning for schools and governments to come together to address the problem.

Source: The Guardian

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