Sunday, 28 November 2021

Parents of dead student Olivia Burt criticise Facebook over ‘sadist’ troll

Guardian

Facebook blasted for letting an internet troll abuse the memory of the student who was crushed to death outside a nightclub

The parents of a student who was crushed to death outside a nightclub have criticised Facebook for letting an internet troll abuse the memory of their daughter on the social media site.

The father of Olivia Burt, a 20-year-old Durham University student who died in February, said dealing with the social media company had “compounded our misery”.

They spoke after Paul Hind, 38, appeared in court to admit posting offensive material about the student and three other dead young men and women.

Using a false name, Hind called Burt a sex worker and defaced a picture of her while posting images of terminally-ill children on her Facebook memorial page.

Nigel and Paula Burt, who attended the hearing before South East Northumberland magistrates on Thursday, said: “The trolling of our wonderful daughter, Olivia, is a desecration of her memory and character.”

“It has made both of us feel physically sick and caused us huge suffering. Her death is still very recent and causing us tremendous heartache as we struggle to come to terms with our loss.

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