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Facebook Bans Advertiser For Dating Ad Showing Girl That Had Died

     
6:10 pm on Sep 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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How tasteless can some advertisers go! These types of ads really are plunging to the depths. If it was automated, then this is a good reason to stop the automation.

Facebook has apologised for publishing a dating ad featuring a photo of a 17-year-old who had killed herself after complaining of being cyber-bullied.

Canadian Rehtaeh Parsons took her own life in April having been severely bullied after a separate photo, showing her alleged rape by four boys, was circulated online, her mother has said.

Her father said on Wednesday that he had been "disgusted" by the advert.

Facebook said it had banned the company involved from the social network.

"This is an extremely unfortunate example of an advertiser scraping an image from the internet and using it in their ad campaign," a spokesman said.

"This is a gross violation of our ad policies and we have removed the ad and permanently deleted the advertiser's account. Facebook Bans Advertiser For Dating Ad Showing Girl That Had Died [bbc.co.uk]
 

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