A Rehtaeh Parsons dating ad photo used by Facebook in a sponsored ad by ionechat.com is outraging her parents.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the tragic Rehtaeh Parsons suicide case has brought up many questions about the realities of cyberbullying and the use of online content in a police investigation.
In the past, Facebook has landed in hot water multiple times over its advertising practices. Facebook just finished facing the music over its shady interpretation of content rights, but it doesn’t seem to have made a whole lot of progress in terms of appropriate utilization of user content as proven by their use of a Rehtaeh Parson dating ad photo.
Reacting swiftly to the oversight, Facebook issued a formal apology to parents Leah Parsons and Glenn Canning. Facebook has banned ionechat.com from any advertising on it’s site and removed the offending Rehtaeh Parsons dating ads.
Despite the apology, and admittedly appreciated quick reaction by Facebook, Rehtaeh Parsons’ parents were still understandably traumatized, telling Global News:
That’s just disgusting to do something like that considering the circumstances of her death, where she was bullied and tormented online over a photo. Now you have some company do it in an advertisement on Facebook. It’s inexcusable. I really am absolutely lost for words.
What do you think of the Rehtaeh Parson dating ad photo? Is it a honest mistake, or has Facebook again gone too far?