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Boycott cyberbully websites: PM
Internet users should boycott "vile" websites which allow cyberbullying to avoid more deaths of young people who receive abuse online, the Prime Minister has said.
David Cameron said website operators must "step up to the plate" to ensure people are protected from online abuse following the death of 14-year-old Hannah Smith, who was found hanged on Friday after being bullied on ask.fm.
Her father David Smith said those who run the website should face murder or manslaughter charges and called for more regulation of social networking sites.
Speaking during a visit to a hospital in Salford, Mr Cameron told Sky News: "The people that operate these websites have got to step up to the plate and show some responsibility in the way that they run these websites.
"Second point is, just because someone does something online, it doesn't mean they're above the law. If you incite someone to do harm, if you incite violence, that is breaking the law, whether that is online or offline.
"Also there's something all of us can do as parents and as users of the internet and that is not to use some of these vile sites. Boycott them, don't go there, don't join them - we need to do that as well. I'm very keen we look at all the action we can take to try and stop future tragedies like this."
Ask.fm described Hannah's death as a "true tragedy" and promised to work with police investigating the incident.
The question-and-answer site allows users to send messages to one another without their identity being disclosed. Although users have to register an email address, name and date of birth, those posting messages can do so anonymously.
Hannah, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, was found by her sister Joanne, 16. Mr Smith, 45, found the ask.fm messages the morning after Hannah died. He said: "There's something not right with the world today if people can tell somebody to die so many times that they actually do it."
Leicestershire police confirmed it had been contacted by Hannah's father David about further claims of "inappropriate postings" on Facebook.