Facebook Uses Photo of Dead Girl (by suicide) in Dating Site Ad
Dating sites and/or Facebook has reached a new low.
And I have this one married friend in particular who kept pushing me to use dating sites back when I told her I wanted to be married.
I hate it when people – especially married people – push dating sites to singles, as though they’re the magical elixir to getting a mate. They are not.
Dating sites are filled with sexual perverts. These married friends who push dating sites as an avenue for meeting mates almost always point to the one friend of theirs who it worked for:
“My friend Jody tried Match, and that’s how she met her husband Sam! It will work for you too!” 🙄
Okay, well most messages I get on dating sites consist of men who I.D. as Christians but who have vulgar sex jokes in their profiles, or men who hit me up for sex when they message me (despite the fact I state on my profile to ‘keep all messages clean’ etc – I do not advertise myself as a bimbo looking for sex, there are no sex jokes on my profile, no photos of me in a bikini), or men who clearly do not bother to read my damn profile who are only interested in me for my looks.
I hate dating sites. They are filled with boors, inattentive men, or perverts. (I may have to resort to using them again eventually, however.)
- The teen was a victim of cyber-bullying after a picture of her alleged sexual assault was circulated across the internet, her mother has said
Facebook has issued an apology after publishing a dating advertisement that used a picture of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old who took her own life after pictures of her being allegedly sexually assaulted were distributed online.
- Until the morning, Facebook was running two ads for a Canadian dating site, both of which featured photos of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old who committed suicide after she was allegedly gang raped by four boys who then circulated photos of the assault online. “Find Love in Canada!” read each ad, over a photograph of the deceased teenager’s face — photos that were distributed at vigils following her tragic death.
- The Huffington Post Canada | By Michael Bolen
Posted: 09/17/2013 5:08 pm EDT
Updated: 09/18/2013 11:54 am EDT
Toronto man Andrew Ennals was surfing the social media site Tuesday afternoon when he first saw the ad featuring Parsons. The 17-year-old teen died earlier this year after attempting suicide amid bullying that stemmed from a photo taken of her during an alleged sexual assault. Two Halifax teens face child pornography charges in the case.
“Then I was just horrified,” Ennals said in an email.
“I think Facebook needs to remove it, of course, but it also I think shows some of the flaws with their algorithm for drawing in images,” he said. “I can’t imagine that any company would do this on purpose.”
Parsons’ father, Glen Canning, wrote on his blog that he was “completely bewildered and disgusted” by the ads.
Facebook told HuffPost Tuesday that the ads were in violation of its policies and have been removed and the company responsible has had its account blocked.
“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.”
Canning told The Globe And Mail he was happy with Facebook’s response, but that he was “still very upset this happened.”
The ads were for ionechat.com, but led Canadian users to another dating site called be2.
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