Facebook Apologizes for Displaying Photo of Canadian Girl Who Died from Suicide

by Knowlton Thomas | Culture

Facebook recently featured an online ad for a dating website that used a picture of a 17-year-old Canadian girl who died after attempting suicide earlier this year.

Facebook this week apologized for allowing a photograph of Rehtaeh Parsons, a Nova Scotia teenager who was taken off life-support following a suicide attempt in April, to appear in an ad for a dating site that said “Find Love in Canada! Meet Canadian girls and women for friendship, dating or relationships.”

A spokesperson for the world's largest social network issued a statement this week, describing the event as a “gross violation” of the company’s policies. The image was scraped from the internet in what the spokesperson called an "extremely unfortunate example."

The online dating site has since been banned from advertising on Facebook.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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