1. When it was discovered that Halifax teen Rehtaeh Parsons' photo was used in an online dating ad, the online reaction was decidedly outraged.
  2. Anyone who could steal that image and use it to promote a dating website is a sick, sick bastard with no heart.
  3. Even after her death she is still getting cyber bullied RIP Rehtaeh Parsons I believe this company owes her family an apology Just disgraceful
  4. Parsons died in April after an attempted suicide, which came after several boys allegedly sexually assaulted her at the age of 15, and then she was bullied relentlessly for more than a year.

    Facebook took down the ad and banned the company, ionechat.com, from advertising with Facebook ever again.

    Facebook also released a statement to CBC, calling the incident "an extremely unfortunate example of an advertiser scraping an image from the Internet and using it in their ad campaign. This is a gross violation of our ad policies and we have removed the ad and permanently deleted the advertiser's account. We apologize for any harm this has caused."
  5. Parsons' dad has spoken publicly about the ad, calling it "disgusting" and "inexcusable."


    "What a thing for a parent to see. Especially because Rehtaeh is the victim of a sexual assault and they have her on a dating website. Not only that, she's also a minor," Glen Canning told CBC.

  6. Blame for the ad is not black and white, according to many CBC readers who commented on the article.

    On the one hand, many applauded Facebook for swiftly apologizing and banning ionechat.com.
  7. Congratulations Facebook, it is good to see you act in a responsible and caring manner
  8. Face book allows vulgar language, nudity and porn (even though is has rules and a complaint dept to report). I've been very disgusted with them. But pulling this ad that was exploiting this girl's photo and hurting her family and friends, gives hope that they have an ounce of decency left. Good job, Facebook. That chat site should be sued or fined.
  9. However, others used this as another example of Facebook's privacy issues. In fact, many people were not surprised to find Facebook in another flap.
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  11. It's amazing how unprofessional Facebook advertisements are sometimes. They'll take anyone's money I guess.
  12. well,that's very good,now ban the child porn,and all other sex abuse photos and such,please
  13. Although the dating site was also blamed by many people for the incident, with some calling for criminal charges, Facebook took the brunt of the blame overall.

    While the disgust online was palpable, some other commenters took a less emotional approach. 
  14. The people had no idea who she was. Glad Facebook banned them, but still, everyone shouldn't take it so personally.
  15. This led to some debate on the issues of photo ownership and advertising.
  16. Yes, you shouldn't take it personally that a company stole a persons image to advertise their service.
  17. Although Facebook was quick to apologize, more needs to be done to protect others from similar advertising gaffes, our readers said.
  18. Facebook is not digging deeper and verifying their advertisers. Is it just about money for advertising?? Facebook should totally scan advertisers and do research before accepting ads.
  19. The company should ONLY be using pictures of its members
  20. Even if the company had no idea who she is...still wrong...they should have used a pic of someone they know and have the permission to do so if being used in an ad...common sense and courtesy
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