Painful Facebook Memorial Must Come Down: Judge
Mom couldn't handle tributes to her daughter
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2013 1:03 PM CDT
In this May 16, 2012 file photo, a Facebook logo is displayed on the screen of an iPad in New York.   (AP Photo/James H. Collins, File)

(Newser) – A memorial Facebook page will have to come down, says a Brazil judge, because it's causing too much pain to its subject's mother. The judge has twice ordered Facebook to remove the page following a lawsuit by the mother of a 24-year-old journalist who died after surgery, the BBC reports. Now, the judge says Facebook, which has a Sao Paulo office, has 48 hours to take action or face imprisonment.

Mother Dolores Pereira Coutinho spent months trying to remove Juliana Ribeiro Campos' profile herself, but she was unsuccessful. Finally, Facebook ended public access to the page, but friends remained able to post on Campos' wall. "This 'wailing wall' just makes me suffer too much," Coutinho says. "On Christmas Eve, many of her 200 friends posted pictures they had taken with her and recalled their memories ... I cried for days." The judge said converting the profile into a memorial violated "the right of personal dignity and inflicted great suffering on the mother, due to the premature death of her only child."

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Imhotep
Apr 28, 2013 8:15 AM CDT
Facebook, where everything you say is read by EVERYONE on the planet. And it's there for ever. The crap you see is so effused with the writings of a hypocritical simpleton it makes you want to puke. Hi, I'm so tired, I worked so hard, have a nice day, I love you. It's so sweet and obsurd it's rife with insincerity. And if you join, your there for life. YOU CAN NOT REMOVE ALL TRACES OF YOU EVER BEING A MEMBER. Try. Plug in your name ten years from now and baboom, there you are. And if you don't think big brother is watching your a fool. Same goes for that idiotic Twitter.
iq145
Apr 25, 2013 9:29 PM CDT
"This 'wailing wall' just makes me suffer too much." Coutinho says. Why is she being forced to go online and look at it?
JoeNobody
Apr 25, 2013 4:03 PM CDT
Well. - - - Just suppose for a moment that this mother is the legal heir and personal representative of the deceased. She tries to get all the bull---- that one finds posted on a facebook site removed, and they won't do it. Now how should that person feel? Facebook sucks. Privacy goes out the window, and only people who don't give a damn about their personal business and information should ever post anything there. Lesson learned, everyone.