This is Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old from Halifax, Nova Scotia, who hung herself in her family’s bathroom after photos of her gang rape were distributed online by classmates.
According to multiple users, her photo was being used in a Facebook sidebar ad for a website called ionechat.com.
Multiple photos of her.
The site that ran the ad is no longer online.
However, before the site went down, the admin issued an apology.
Talking to the BBC, Facebook went on to apologize for the incident, calling it a "a gross violation of their ad policies"
XOJane ran an editorial from Rehtaeh's family Wednesday titled "A Company Stole A Picture Of My Daughter Rehtaeh Parson, Who Committed Suicide After Rape, And Used It In A Dating Ad On Facebook."
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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