RUSSELLVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Hamilton mother is upset after she says photos of her child were misused on social media. She is sharing her story to make sure other parents don't have to experience what she went through on Facebook.
Ashton Hamner stumbled across photos of her 16-month-old daughter that had been made into memes saying offensive things.
Many people might think once you post something on Facebook, anyone can use it. However, it is actually illegal to repost someone else's photo if you are altering it in any way. Unfortunately one family learned the hard way that this crime is all too common.
Lennox is a happy, healthy little girl. So imagine her mom's surprise when she saw offensive photos of Lennox on Facebook.
"I was mentioned in a comment and I found the pictures that had been stolen," Ashton Hamner said.
Photos Hamner had posted on her own Facebook were altered to say horrible things.
"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."
Not only are the photos offensive, they are also illegal.
"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 pictures, and luckily, Facebook took them down. She says she's making sure it won't ever happen 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.
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