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The New Age of Bullying: Part 2

Updated: Wednesday, July 16 2014, 02:43 PM CDT

We continue part two of our special report on new aged bullying.
Last night we introduced you to a mom who lost her daughter to online bullies.

The website ASK.FM deleted her daughter's profile limiting the company's exposure to any perceived crimes.

RELATED ARTICLE: The New Age of Bullying: Part 1

Sara Ganim shows us what law enforcement here in the U.S. is doing to crack down on this dangerous trend.

In just over a year, there have been more than a dozen news reports around the world, linking suicides to bullying on ASK.FM, all of them teens.

"They're saying we don't care if you're victimized, we don't care if your child is victimized."

The company says they cooperate with law enforcement and recently added a "safety" page to its website. They said bullies are not tolerated.

In a statement they went on to say quote:

"Reports of suicide cases often tend to present premature and simplified conclusions about tragic events, which are always a complex overlap of different factors."

Suicide is complicated and that includes the circumstances of Rebecca's death. Additionally, without the original records from ask.Fm no one can say exactly why she took her own life.

But it's not just bullies.

Hard-to-trace messaging draws all kinds of criminal activity.

And there are more messaging apps emerging every day.

"If it's not stored, it doesn't matter what the judicial process is, you're not going to get it."

Shawn Henry was the executive assistant director of the FBI.

Shawn Henry/President, CrowdStrike Services says, "There's a term we use called going dark -- law enforcement is losing the authorized visibility into many of these sites, because they're not maintaining, they're not regulated to maintain data, and law enforcement is losing the ability to lawfully collect that information."

"If we had to depend on the app owners for our criminal investigations there would be no criminal investigations."

Judd did charge two teens with contributing to Rebecca's death, but the charges were later dropped instead the girls went to counseling.

Rebecca's mother and Sheriff Judd are now trying to warn parents about the secret world of these free messaging apps.

"To me as it stands right now it just doesn't, I know she was bullied I know it was horrific but that morning is what pushed her over the edge."     

The New Age of Bullying: Part 2


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