The social media app founded in 2013, which allows users to create anonymous, localized posts, shut down in April 2017 following a series of campus controversies involving bullying and racist threats. When the app moved to limit anonymous postings, users lost interest.
Kiwi Farms was temporarily shut down on January 24, 2017 due to the owner's family getting harassed. It was reopened three weeks later under the same management without fanfare, leading many to assume it was still down.
On August 11th, 2016, the hashtag "#SaveTwitter" began trending as users spread a rumor that the site was shutting down in 2017 due to poor financial standing and its issues with cyberbullying. While the origins of the rumor are unconfirmed, Snopes reported that it may have started when Twitter user @BradTheLadLong used the hashtag #SaveTwitter in a post about cyberbullying on August 10th (shown below).
Additionally, research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting revealed the number of children admitted to hospitals for attempted suicide or expressing suicidal thoughts doubled between 2008 and 2015. Much of the rise is linked to an increase in cyberbullying.
More teen suicides are also now attributed in some way to cyberbullying than ever before. Furthermore, young males are most likely to commit suicide than females, although teen suicides overall were up between 2000 and 2017. 2b1af7f3a8