A dad is challenging Facebook's refusal to heed his requests that they take down pictures of his daughter with the ex-boyfriend who stabbed her to death. Hollie Gazzard, a 20-year-old hair dresser from Gloucester, U.K., was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin in February of last year, after she had broken up with him.
Her father, Nick Gazzard, requested that Facebook take down the pictures. They refused, citing their policy that "when a profile is memorialised following someone's death, changes cannot be made." A spokesperson went on to say the following:
People have told us that they would like to leave a legacy on Facebook. [...] We memorialise accounts to provide a place of remembrance and maintain the profile as it was when the person passed away. [...] We understand in tragic cases such as this it may mean there are sometimes painful reminders but memorialised accounts are designed to preserve the privacy of the deceased.
Nick is still fighting for their removal, though. Going off of the advice of Gary Rycroft, chair of the digital assets working group of the "Law Society," Nick is going to "withdraw the copyright" of the photographs, in the hopes that it will give him the power to have them removed.
Looks like Facebook is pulling the "everything you do is on the Internet forever no matter what" card.