Rehtaeh Parsons: Dead Canadian Teen Featured On Facebook Dating Ad

Rehtaeh Parsons: Dead Canadian Teen Featured On Facebook Dating Ad
Rehtaeh Parsons: Dead Canadian Teen Featured On Facebook Dating Ad
Facebook and Ad Sponsor in Controversy Following Use of Dead Bullied Girl’s Photo

Toronto, Ontario – Social networking giant Facebook is facing criticism over an incident by one of the ad sponsors on their website following the inadvertent use of a photograph of Rehtaeh Parsons.

Parson’s was the victim of a sexual assault who was bullied at her school over the incident.

The combined stress of the assault and the bullying led her to commit suicide. As per her family, she died not long after being taken off of life support.

What sparked this recent controversy is that Facebook advertiser used Parson’s image in their ads promoting Canadian girls for the online dating site.

The ad read: “Find Love in Canada! Meet Canadian girls and women for friendship, dating or relationships.”

Parson was a Canadian and use of her image was the result of Facebook’s overly lax privacy policy which is clearly favorable towards their users’ private information being used by Facebook’s advertisers.

Thus far, Facebook has been quick to defend their profit rule, beg your pardon, privacy rule. It is true that the constant need to provide shareholder equity drives Facebook to boost ad revenue and privacy is what gets affected.

Facebook has apologized the family of the victim and thrown their advertiser under the proverbial bus calling the use of the photograph a “gross violation” of its policies while not impugning their own privacy rules which gave way to the incident.

Facebook said the dating website,, has been banned. The site could not be reached for comment.

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