Facebook apologizes after dead, bullied teen’s picture appears in dating ad – Salon.com

17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons died after a suicide attempt in April. Her picture was then used in an online dating ad.

 

Facebook has apologized for a highly inappropriate dating ad that appeared on its site, which used a picture of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons, a victim of bullying and alleged gang-rape who attempted suicide in April. The attempt left Parsons in a coma, and she died a few days later when her family took her off of life support.

via Facebook apologizes after dead, bullied teen’s picture appears in dating ad – Salon.com.

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One thought on “Facebook apologizes after dead, bullied teen’s picture appears in dating ad – Salon.com

  1. This seems like a huge concern. The way I understood this was that the advertisers whose ad was shown on Facebook, took an image they found on the internet and placed it on their ad. Yes, this is an extreme case because the girl had actually committed suicide before the ad was shown. However, this occurrence raises a question some of us probably haven’t thought of: is this something common among advertisers?

    This ad was brought to the public’s attention because it was a familiar face people had seen in the news because she had recently committed suicide. There’s a chance that had this girl not committed suicide and therefore not been in the news, the ad probably would have slipped by and nobody would have noticed anything unusual. Therefore, it makes me wonder if there are other advertisers out there who just find images off the internet without considerations of the privacy of individuals. This is a very shocking and disturbing article but it also raises concerns that I, myself have never really considered and gives individuals yet another reason to be concerned about their online privacy.

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