Following up from the post about Hannah Smith, 14, who hung herself after being constantly targeted on Ask FM by , ‘trolls’, the corporations are now being rolled into it.
It seems Ask FM at first ignored the whole situation completely, only responding when its advertisers started pulling out. Only THEN did they bother explaining about the site’s ‘report abuse’ button, the ability to block people and the ability to disallow messages from anonymous users.
Now before I say this, I cannot stress ENOUGH that Hannah’s story shocked and devastated me when I heard it. People who abuse others anonymously (or not) via the internet are the lowest types of people- so sad to think of- probably the lowest, of all types on the mother Earth. But Hannah’s parents were looking for somebody to blame, and Ask FM cannot be held responsible. True, they did ignore the entire thing until it started to affect them (financially), but they are not the ones to blame. If they have a ‘report abuse button’, the ability to block people and to ban the infamous ‘#anon’ communication, then this to me seems perfectly acceptable (it’s more than Twitter does). I stress again it is a tragedy, and Ask FM’s behaviour after was unacceptable. But we have to look closer to home.
Who are the people who sent the messages to Hannah?
How old are they? Where are they from? How many of them were there? Or was it just one, obsessive user?
Why do these people think it’s OK to subject another human being to such abuse and torture?
Somewhere, along the way, we lost our real morales. Somehow, we all became pussies and can only tell somebody what we’re thinking through a screen. And at some point, the boundaries have been pushed so far that our morales don’t matter any more. Our respect for each other as humans, as fantastic beings on the green Earth, have disintegrated into clouds of nothing. We are supposed to be the superior species, yet we still haven’t learned simply how to love each other?
Why are teenagers like Hannah Smith becoming victims of this society? I’d hazard it’s because we’re letting it happen. The internet is an absolutely fantastic ‘invention’. A revolution. But every coin has its two sides. Either we start getting used to each other, bring some harmony, care a bit more for another, or we deal with more teenage suicides and face threats like bans on sites such as Ask FM. Of course the two dont pale in comparison, but Cyberspace is a world unto itself now. And where will the ban end up?