Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Red Hood Project, bereaved parents of Amanda Todd & Rehtaeh Parsons dismiss new Facebook ad policy



Parents of Amanda Todd and  join the Red Hood Project in dismissing Facebook’s new policy of removing ads from so-called “controversial” content. A growing list of major advertisers have suspended Facebook advertising over disturbing content, including sexual exploitation of children.

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.”

“Facebook is in full-on damage control,” says 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, adds, “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.



Carol Todd, Glen Canning join in Red Hood’s objection to new Facebook ad policy - See more at: http://www.redhoodproject.com/amandatoddrehtaehparsonsfacebookpolicy/#sthash.p2Pkd5SN.dpuf

The Red Hood Project is a movement for responsible industry conduct in social media. 

Media Contact:
Sandy Garossino  email: theredhoodproject@gmail.com
Text to arrange interviews: 778-231-5230

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