An ad on Facebook for a dating company has made some people very angry. Though most dating ads aren't the greatest to begin with, this one used the image of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Canadian teen who took her own life after she was bullied.
According to BBC on Sept. 18, Facebook is now banning that company from the social media network. The ad, which was found in the "Sponsored Ads" section of the social network, was directing users to ionechat.com, to "Find Love in Canada!" However, now the site is no longer functioning.
Upon removing the ad, a Facebook spokesperson stated that the ad violated Facebook's policies and is a "extremely unfortunate example of an advertiser scraping an image from the internet and using it in their ad campaign."
According to CBC News, the administrator for the site admitted that the image was found randomly through an image scrapper. He said he has not been aware of Rehtaeh' story and apologized.
CSMonitor writes the incident was first discovered when a Toronto copywriter Andrew Ennals spotted the ad on his Facebook and tweeted about the 'Supreme bad taste' of it. Facebook replied to Ennals and the ad was removed with haste.