Jess Commons | Deputy Editor | Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Facebook Refuses To Take Down Pictures Of Murdered Hollie Gazzard With Her Killer

Facebook Refuses To Take Down Pictures Of Murdered Hollie Gazzard With Her Killer

The Debrief: The 20-year-old's memoralised Facebook page contains 9 pictures of her with the man who murdered her

Last year, 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard was killed by her ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin when he stabbed her at the salon she worked at in Gloucester.

Now her father Nick is asking Facebook to remove several pictures of Hollie with Asher from her Facebook page but, so far, has had his request denied. 'It makes me feel sick when I look at those photos, and to be truthful I try not to go into her Facebook site as I get quite distressed by it.' He told the BBC, adding that it was 'a real shame' that family and friends couldn't view Hollie's profile without seeing those pictures.

Asher Maslin was sentenced to life in prison after his attack on Hollie which occured after he went to confront her, armed with a knife, about why she'd ended their relationship. Nine pictures remain of the two before the attack on Hollie's profile which has now been 'memorialised'.

Facebook's rules about what happens to peoples' profiles after you die are outlined on their website. According to them the word 'remembering' will be shown next to the individual's name and, most crucially in this case, they say 'content the person shared (ex: photos, posts) stays on Facebook and is visible to the audience it was shared with'. Nothing can be changed on the account unless they've appointed a 'legacy contact' - or someone that gets admin rights to your account after you die.

A Facebook spokesperson told the BBC, '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.'

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