Facebook sorry for ad showing photo of dead girl

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Rehtaeh Parsons Facebook ad

Facebook has apologized for displaying an ad for a dating website that used a picture of a teen girl who died after a suicide attempt.

A spokesperson for the company issued a statement late Tuesday saying the ad was a "gross violation" of the company's policies and has been removed.

The ad featured a photo of Rehtaeh Parsons who died after she was taken off life support following a suicide attempt in April. Her family says the 17-year-old was bullied for months after an alleged sexual assault.

Parsons' father, Glen Canning, says he was disgusted to see the photo.

Facebook says the dating company that created the ad,, scraped the image from the Internet. They've since banned the company from advertising on its website. has not commented on the situation.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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