This is seriously disturbing.
Everyone’s always harping to make sure your Facebook privacy settings are, well, private, but how many of us actually listen? (Not ma
ny, I’m betting.) That was the case for Ashton Hamner, mom to 16-month old Lennox in Hamilton, Alabama. Unfortunately, she recently discovered someone had stolen her photos — and altered them in a seriously disturbing way.
Pictures of Lennox, who is a healthy little girl, were turned into memes. But not just any memes — these were extremely offensive ones that depicted her to be a child suffering from cancer.
The disgust doesn’t stop there, though. Other memes made it appear as though Lennox’s parents were happy about Lennox’s fake diagnosis, claiming that they were stoked to be “free” again.
Ashton had no idea that the photos had been stolen and altered until a friend mentioned her in a comment on one of the memes.
“They were making fun of her for being bald and saying she had cancer and that I should kill her and that she was retarded and really hateful things,” Ashton told WAFF. “I cried. That’s all I could do. I was very upset about it; I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
Thankfully, though, there is something Ashton can do about it. While it’s true that anyone can repost photos that they find on Facebook, it’s actually illegal for those photos to be altered in any way.
“If they take my picture and put a heading under it, then they are altering the situation there,” legal analyst Mark McDaniel told WAFF. “Then you could get into situations … of defamation of character.”
After Ashton reported the photos, Facebook took them down. No word yet on whether she’ll be pursuing legal action, but while we wait, we’ll be changing all of our privacy settings.