RUSSELLVILLE, AL (WTXF) - A mother from Alabama is upset after she says photos of her young child were misused on social media. Now, she is sharing her story to ensure that other parents don’t have the same experience.
Ashton Hamner found photos of her 16-month-old daughter on Facebook that had been made into memes that said offensive things.
According to WAFF 48, it is illegal to repost someone else’s image if you are altering it in any way.
However, the Hamner family found out the hard way that the crime happens commonly.
Lennox is happy and healthy, so Hamner was surprised to see images of the 16-month-old with offensive comments written on them.
"I was mentioned in a comment and I found the pictures that had been stolen,” Ashton Hamner told WAFF 48.
"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,” Hamner said. “I cried. That's all I could do. I was very upset about it I just couldn't believe what I was seeing."
The photos are illegal according to WAFF 48.
"They can repost it,” Legal analyst Mark McDaniel said. “But if they take my picture and put a heading under it then they are altering the situation there. Then you could get into situations depending on what the situation is you can get into situations of defamation of character."
Hamner reported the images to Facebook and they were taken down and now she’s making sure her baby girl won’t be subjected to ridicule ever again.
"I went back and changed all my settings and now no one can access my photos unless they're on my friends group. Just be really careful about what you share,” Hamner said.