SimSimi, an anonymous chat app linked to cyberbullying, has temporarily removed access to users in the Republic.
The move follows a wave of criticism from students, parents and education authorities.
Schools have been sending letters or text messages to parents in recent days asking them to discuss use of the SimSimi app with their children.
The app – which has been the most downloaded app in the State – allows users to view anonymous, and often insulting, messages left about them by typing in their name.
This afternoon, users were greeted with a message stating: “I do not talk in Ireland for a while.”
Many students have taken to Twitter and other social media networks to criticise internet firms for allowing the app to be downloaded and to warn others about downloading it.
The South Korean company that developed SimSimi did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday.
The app works by using a combination …