Sunday 4 December 2016

Facebook disables account of Irish cancer sufferer (17) after she reports fake profile using her stolen photographs

Published 02/06/2016 | 13:41

Shan Tynan was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer Histiocytosis X
Shan Tynan was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer Histiocytosis X

The Facebook profile of an Irish teenager battling a rare cancer has been disabled by the social network who claimed she was “pretending to be someone else”.

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Shauntelle Tynan (17) reported a user who was using her stolen images to promote a false account, but in turn had her personal Facebook profile disabled by the network, which has left her distraught ahead of a trip to the US for life-saving treatment.

An account under the name of Tamires Dias posted a photograph lifted from Shauntelle’s page and posted it to Facebook with the caption: “Today is my last day of chemo, please pray for me. I beat the cancer.”

The stolen image has been shared more than a million times since it was uploaded on May 31.

An account under the name of Tamires Dias created using Shan's pictures is still active
An account under the name of Tamires Dias created using Shan's pictures is still active

Shauntelle’s mum Leona revealed that she is deeply upset that the account using stolen images remains active while Shauntelle’s personal page has been deactivated, even though a copy of her passport has been sent to Facebook’s moderators.

“Shauntelle is distraught as we leave early tomorrow for six-weeks of treatment in Texas and it is her only means of communication with her friends while we are away,” she said.

“Someone stole Shauntelle’s picture and it has gotten a million likes. We reported the page but Facebook said it did not violate their community standards.

“Now the person that is using Shauntelle’s pictures has reported her personal page and Facebook have disabled her account.”

Leona revealed that Facebook’s administrators did not trust Shauntelle’s identity, even after a photograph of her passport was sent to them.

“The passport shows her before she was ill with hair and the image doesn't look like she does now so they deleted her page while they investigate but we haven’t been given any indication of how long this will take,” said Leona.

Shan Tynan
Shan Tynan

Another false account is now circulating stolen images of Shauntelle, pretending to be a cancer sufferer.

Shauntelle is currently battling a rare cancer, Histiocytosis X, and will head to the US tomorrow for further life-saving treatment.

In the past the brave teen has spoken about the disease and her determination to come out the other side.

“I don't want sympathy I just want to win this battle. Everyone tells me I'm strong and honestly when I look at everything I feel strong, the weak moments done define me the strong ones do,” she told Independent.ie last year.

“They get me to tomorrow and give me a peek into my future, the future I want full of love, travel, adventure and good health.

“Someone once told me that life only gives you what it knows you can handle so in a way I'm clinging onto that in the hope that I will fight and I will survive the battle and that along my journey I can hopefully make people aware.”

Shan Tynan (17) with her mum Leona
Shan Tynan (17) with her mum Leona

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