***UPDATE: AS OF 20130117 IN RESPONSE TO THE THOUSANDS OF REPORTS, FACEBOOK REMOVED THE PHOTOS AS WELL AS THE FACEBOOK PAGE THEY WERE POSTED ON.
Christian Brown, a Marine wounded in Afghanistan in 2011, had his photos stolen from his facebook page. The anonymous user then posted them up on the page Soldiers are murderous rapists &they deserve to die. The user manipulated Christian’s photos for their own agenda.
According to ABC24.com Christian said “Someone deliberately went on my page and took the pictures off and is trying to destroy my name and the Marine Corps too and everything it’s done for me.”
Corporal Brown lost both legs and nearly his life in Afghanistan in December 2011. He’s still receiving treatment at a military hospital in Maryland. The Purple Heart recipient says the Facebook page is against everything he fought for.
“We’ve reported the page and other people have taken notice as well.” Brown continues, “I don’t know what to do at this point, I don’t know the person, I don’t know how I got targeted.”The stolen images were a few of Brown’s favorites. The first one is a picture of him in Afghanistan with a huge American flag flying behind him, the Facebook user put offensive writing over the image.
The second is the Marine going through rehabilitation learning to walk again. This caption pokes fun of his dedication to the Military. “They can say what they want, but until they’ve been in my shoes, until they’ve been in prosthetics and seen the things I’ve seen, no one can ever understand,” Brown says. Brown’s mother says she contacted Facebook and hasn’t received a response.
The founder of the Mid-South Wounded Warrior Project Dave Marek says “(Facebook) should take it down.” He says this kind of website can impact the healing process. “It makes me angry because it hurts all of them,” he says, “all them that have been hurt for us and are still suffering.”The manipulated image is hurtful to Brown, but it’s just another battle he’ll fight. “I did it for America,” Brown continues, “and I did it for everyone I love and all my friends and the people I fought beside and they can’t take that away from me.”
A Facebook spokesperson told abc24.com “Unfortunately, we don’t comment on specific individuals’ accounts, so we can’t provide any details on the record about this case.”
So according to facebook this kind of crap is ok, degrading this Marine as he tries to recover from wounds he received in combat.
Here is the video courtesy of ABC24.com
I will not post the manipulated pictures, but here is the link to them, report them to facebook. Once they get so many reports, they can not turn a blind eye to this!
Manipulated Photo of Marine Christian Brown
Thanks to Joy Lambert of ABC24.com for covering this story! Here is the link to her original story. Manipulated Facebook Photo Humiliates War Hero