Dating ads on Facebook use dead teen's photos
September 19 , 2013
Two ads on Facebook urging users to "Find Love in Canada" were caught using a photo of Rehtaeh Parsons- the 17-year old Canadian who committed suicide after finding out that a photo of her sexual assault had been circulated online.
Facebook deleted the account of the advertiser, which was a site called ionechat.com and mentioned that "this is an extremely unfortunate example of an advertiser scraping an image from the Internet and using it in their ad campaign."
Canada.com traced the dating site to a European dating company and BBC noted that it was not live anymore.
The ads were spotted by Toronto copy writer Andrew Ennals, who posted a screenshot of them both on Twitter after verifying the information via Google search.
The ads were taken down within two hours but that didn't prevent Rehtaeh's father from seeing them. "I am completely bewildered and disgusted by this," he said. "I don't even know what to say."