What is the ASKfm Shoutout feature?
This is a brand new feature to ASKfm that allows users to ask questions to fellow ASKfm users who are located geographically close to them. This includes both people you follow, and those you don’t. It also means that you can receive questions from people who happen to be in your vicinity (example: your school, neighborhood, live music concert or other event). In other words, Shoutout allows users to post questions and get feedback from total strangers who are in their physical vicinity.
What is ASKfm?
One of a growing number of anonymous “honesty apps,” ASKfm is social network that lets users anonymously ask / answer questions within the enormous social network.
How does ASKfm work?
After creating an account, users can post an anonymous question. Then people who they are following can respond with a text, photo or video. Questions are asked anonymously, however answers to questions are identified by username and photo. Unlike tbh, which only allows users to select from already written “positivity polls,” ASKfm lets all users post their own questions. While many of them are positive in nature, not all are, and many request feedback on personal appearance with provocative images. Advocates say the anonymity gives people the most honest answers, while others insist ASKfm is an incubator for cyberbullying.
Who is using ASKfm?
With more than 150 million users around the world, it’s estimated that 42% of its users are under the age of 17.
Why is ASKfm dangerous?
Founded in 2010 by Latvian brothers Ilja and Mark Terebin, ASMfm was blamed for a rash of teen suicides. In 2014, ASKfm was purchased by the owners of Tinder and Ask.com amid promises to invest “millions” into improving safety and to reduce cyberbullying.
What should I do if my child has an ASKfm account?
It’s important to know that there are no private accounts on ASKfm. Your child will not be able to see who is following them, and everything they post can be seen by everyone. Explain this to your child. It is also critical that your child understands that their profile is public and searchable beyond ASKfm. Their profile picture, background picture and posts are searchable on Google. Given this, it is critical that their profile name does not contain their first or last name, even though the app will automatically generate a user name with their real name upon account creation. If your child links their ASKfm account to their Facebook account, friends will still be able to find their profile.
Can I disable Shoutout?
Yes. You can hide incoming Shoutouts and see only direct questions by swiping the Shoutout symbol in your incoming questions section. Or you can fully remove the opt-in for Shoutouts in Settings:
#1. From your child’s device, open the ASKfm app and tap the upper left hand “hamburger” menu.
#2. Tap Settings
#3. Tap Account
#4. Deselect Allow Shoutout