After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

Parents of Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons dismiss new Facebook ad policy

Images re-posted with permission of Carol Todd.

Parents of Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons along with the Red Hood Project are dismissing Facebook’s new policy of removing ads from so-called “controversial” content, a press release from Red Hood Project said today.

A growing list of major advertisers have suspended Facebook advertising over disturbing content, including sexual exploitation of children, the group said.

"The Red Hood Project calls Facebook’s policy change a ploy to protect revenues amid mounting pressure from advertisers to exercise better control of its site.

“Rape, child sexual abuse and exploitation images in social media are not  “controversial” and they’re not a joke,” says Glen Canning, father of Rehtaeh Parsons. “They devastate victims and destroy families.  It is no answer to my daughter’s memory that Facebook thinks it’s good enough to take the ads off these pages. The pages themselves should be removed.” 


Image posted with permission. This image was visible on Facebook as of July 1, 2013.

“Facebook is in full-on damage control,” said Sandy Garossino, co-founder of the Red Hood Project. “ Lives are at stake here, and their focus is on protecting the bottom line, when it should be effective site management and protecting children and youth.”

Carol Todd, mother of Amanda, added, “Removing the ads does not provide the solution about the inappropriate images that have been posted on Facebook. The pages mocking my daughter continue to re-victimize her after her death.  No person (living or not) should have to experience this.

“It is time to establish a policy of zero tolerance of images that depict rape, sexual exploitation, gore and exploitation of the disabled. It is time that our loved ones can be remembered as they should be - with dignity and respect.”  

The Red Hood Project will continue to escalate pressure on advertisers to withdraw from Facebook until it can exercise responsible and effective site management, the press release said.

Origin of image unknown. Photo visible to Facebook users as of July 1, 2013.

Read More:

More in City

Living in an apartment with kids? Share your experiences

The City is seeking input from apartment-dwelling families with children to help plan for spaces that better meet their needs. As part of an update to the High-Density Housing for Families and...

Your water wise summer starts early this year

Today City Council approved a new Drinking Water Conservation By-Law to align with the Metro Vancouver Drinking Water Conservation Plan. Under the new by-law, watering restrictions will start on...

Temporary modular housing approved for Kaslo Street

The Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver, Gil Kelley, announced today the approval of a development permit to build 52 new temporary modular housing units at 4480 (formerly 4410) Kaslo...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.