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This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. The administrator of the online matchmaker that used the image of Rehtaeh Parsons has apologized.
It's accidental. I did not expect it to cause serious consequences. Dung described himself as the administrator of the site and said he took the picture and the site down as soon as he learned of the controversy. The website was registered last month. A Luxemburg-based company, meanwhile, is threatening legal action against the online matchmaker. The company, be2, says it was distressed to learn of the actions of Ionechat.
Be2 is an international matchmaking website offering services in Canada for the past six years. Marshall says be2 does not own Ionechat. Parsons was the Halifax teen who died in April after a suicide attempt — a desperate act her parents say she was driven to by an alleged sexual assault when she was 15 and intense cyberbullying. Facebook reacted by banning the dating company from advertising on its website. We apologize for any harm this has caused.
Facebook blocks company forever after receiving complaints
You are not! A spokesperson for federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said the commissioner might investigate the incident if a complaint were received.
Stoddart would look at whether the company violated the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, which covers the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, including images. The father of Rehtaeh Parsons said it was disturbing for family members to see a picture of his daughter in an ad for a dating website posted on Facebook.
Glen Canning says the ad featuring a photo of his year-old girl belongs to the family and should not have been used.
Just to lift it off and start using it like that is very thoughtless. Meet Canadian girls and women for friendship, dating or relationships.
Canning said he was pleased to see Facebook take the measures it did. Andrew Ennals, a copy writer in Toronto, said he alerted Facebook to the ad when he spotted it on his Facebook .
Website apologizes for photo of parsons on dating ad
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