21-year-old Dallas Miller received an awkward email from her friend. The White Creek, Tennessee resident was told that her face was showing up inadvertisements on Backpage.com for prostitution. As WKRN ABC News 2 reports, there are some problems with this: 1) Dallas isn’t a prostitute. 2) She never gave her permission to have her pictures used in ads for prostitution, because, as I just mentioned, she isn’t a prostitute.
Dallas’ pictures show up in an ad that, in part, reads, “best time of your life 100% guaranteed satisfaction [phone number redacted] OUTCALL ONLY – 21.” Ms. Miller told WKRN, “Even my price ranges were listed on there…” The pictures are directly from Dallas’ Facebook account. She told the station that they were taken as part of a benefit for abused children.
Police are investigating the ad and trying to find out who did it, but it’s going to be a hard case to solve due to it likely coming from a fake account. Backpages.com removed the listing, but because it’s the internet it will never be truly gone, right Beyonce?
Dallas has now learned the importance of keeping her Facebook profile and its pictures more private. And as she points out, “I was pulled out of a randompool of pictures. This could happen to anyone." She’s right about that. So, maybe check out this pretty handy guide to Facebook privacy from Lifehacker.
More info: WKRN