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'Ask.Fm Blocked Me', Says Hannah Smith's Dad
The father of Hannah Smith, who killed herself after being bullied online, claims that ask.fm blocked his attempts to contact them.
The 14-year-old girl took her own life after receiving abuse on the Latvian-based social networking site.
Speaking to Sky News, David Smith said: "I sent them an email and they blocked my email - so I can't contact ask.fm - and they've never contacted me.
"It shows just how much they care. They don't. They're making money - lots and lots of money out of people's misery, and that is not right."
Mr Smith also dismissed a letter sent to him by Prime Minister David Cameron.
"I think the only reason why I got a letter from David Cameron is because of the publicity and the way that I've been shouting," said Mr Smith.
"He hasn't got a choice but to do it. If I'd have kept quiet I would never have got that letter."
In the letter, David Cameron expressed his sympathy and reassured Hannah's father that laws were already in place to deal with trolls and online bullying.
Mr Smith disagreed and told Sky News: "Nothing's being done."
He said it should be easier to identify internet abusers and that current laws lag behind modern technology.
"I would like to see it change so these people have to tell you who the person is," said Mr Smith.
"So that if I get told to do something on the internet, somebody is held accountable and somebody gets done."
Bosses at ask.fm - set up for users to ask each other questions - have pledged previously to help Leicestershire Police over Hannah's death.
They have also said a number of safety features are available on the site to help stop abuse and have asked a law firm to see if they can be improved.
The site acted after a number of big-name companies, such as Vodafone and Specsaver, pulled their adverts from the site.
Ask.fm released a statement on Thursday night, saying it was delaying an announcement on changes in planned to install out of respect for Hannah's relative.
The statement said: "It has come to our attention today that tomorrow, Friday 16th August, the funeral of Hannah Smith is being held.
"This afternoon we were contacted by a journalist in the UK on behalf of Hannah's father. Upon offering to delay our announcement, Mr Smith expressed his view that it was our decision whether to continue to release our review findings and the changes we plan to make to improve the safety of our site.
"We have decided, as a mark of respect to Hannah, her family and their grief, that we will delay any announcement until Monday 19th August."
Dave Smith responded by saying: "It's about time Ask FM started to show me some respect and listen to me, and not try to discredit me."
Hannah's father also told Sky News that he did not believe reports that his daughter sent some of the abusive messages to herself.
He said: "I can't see why a 14-year-old happy little girl would send herself loads of messages to go die and then actually go and commit suicide... They've not proved their claims neither."
Hannah will be laid to rest on Friday in a ceremony that her father says is not a funeral but "a celebration of Hannah's life".
"There is absolutely no black - even the pall bearers have been told they are not allowed to wear black," said Mr Smith.
:: David Smith is supporting a Daily Mirror campaign to stop cyberbullying.