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She got drunk at a party, part 2

2013-09-19T09:53:02+00:00

Back in April I talked about Rehtaeh Parsons, a Nova Scotia 17-year-old who got drunk at a party when she was 15, and was raped. Her attackers took pictures of her which went viral on social media (such as Facebook), and she was bullied constantly until she killed herself. Since then, two boys who were 17 at the time of the attack have been charged as minors for making and distributing child pornography (the pictures of the attack which they snapped and circulated online).

Now Facebook is embroiled in a scandal, where a dating website used a photograph of Parsons to advertise its services on Facebook. Facebook, of course, was one of the mediums by which Parsons was bullied to death.

I’m sure it’s all an innocent mistake, using Parsons’ photograph to advertise dating services, especially on Facebook. Completely random, you know. Could happen to anyone. In fact, I’m not sure why advertisers don’t use more dead victims in their ads.

Could be a huge untapped market. Absolutely.

By the way, as I posted this, WordPress showed an ad frame at the bottom of my edit window, and said that they MAY post an ad there because I haven’t bribed them not to do so. Seriously. So WordPress is now “running ads to cover the costs of operating the site for the user.” Terrific. So, if you see an offensive ad in this space, especially on this post (of all posts to have an ad, right?), please email support-at-wordpress.com and inform them. Because I’m not running ads (advertising doesn’t work, you know that, I know that, but apparently Internet companies don’t know that yet), and if WordPress decides to advertise on this mission log, they’re really doing so at their own risk.

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