Since its birth, Ask.fm has gone through turmoil amidst the public criticism and controversy in 2013 after several cases of teenage suicides were linked back to the company. Ask.fm responded with adopting comprehensive anti-bullying measures and a launch of a Safety Center, among other things. In 2014, Ask.fm was bought by the owners of Tinder and Ask.com for an undisclosed amount. In 2016, the company changed hands again. Acquired by California-based asset management firm specializing in tech, Noosphere, it currently boasts more than 200 million users around the world.