Facebook Fail: Publishes Online Dating Ad Featuring Rehtaeh Parsons

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Facebook has apologized after it published an ad from a dating company featuring a photo of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old killed herself after complaining of being cyber-bullied.

The ad featured a photo of Rehtaeh Parsons with the caption: “Find Love in Canada! Meet Canadian girls and women for friendship, dating or relationships.” Tasteful, but that’s not the way to find love in Canada… unless you’re a necrophiliac.


Facebook was pretty embarrassed over the whole thing and said it removed the offensive ad and permanently deleted the account of Ionechat.com.

“This is an extremely unfortunate example of an advertiser scraping an image and using it in their ad campaign. This is a gross violation of our ad policies,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “We apologize for any harm this has caused.”

Rehtaeh Parsons’ father, Glen Canning, expressed his own disgust on his blog with a post titled  “Possibly the worst Facebook ad ever”:

“I am completely bewildered and disgusted by this,” he said. “This is my daughter, Rehtaeh. They have her in an ad for meeting singles. I don’t even know what to say.”

The Halifax teen died earlier this year after attempting suicide amid bullying that stemmed from a photo taken of her during an alleged sexual assault by four teenage boys. Nova Scotia’s government has since passed a law creating a police unit dedicated to pursuing cyber-bullies – but it’s not active yet…

Via: The Toronto Star

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