Facebook has apologized to the family of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons after the dead 17-year-old's picture was used in a dating ad.
(Image source: CTV ) BY NATHAN GIANNINI Facebook has apologized to the family of Nova Scotia teen Rehteah Parsons after the 17-year-old’s picture was used in a dating ad. The ad, for dating website ionechat.com, was first spotted by Toronto IT worker Rob Russell . But it wasn’t just that picture — other users posted screen grabs of the same ad using a different picture of Parsons. (Via Twitter / @andrewennals ) Parsons died in April following a suicide attempt. Her family says a photo of her being raped at a party when she was 15 circulated online, and she was then bullied for more than a year. (Via CTV ) Two Halifax teens face child pornography charges in that case. Parsons’ father, Glen Canning, told CBC he was quote “literally speechless” after seeing the ads. “It’s disgusting, you know. What a thing for a parent to see, especially considering she (Rehteah) was the victim of sexual assault and to have it under a dating website. Not only that but she’s also a minor.” Facebook released a statement apologizing to Parsons’ family and called the ad a quote: “ ... gross violation of our ad policies and we have removed the ad and permanently deleted the advertiser’s account.” (Via Metro ) It’s not clear exactly how the image ended up in the ad, though Facebook noted it did not come from Parsons’ personal profile. The dating website is no longer active and its owners have not yet commented on the incident.