Judge Orders ‘Painful’ Facebook Memorial Page To Be Taken Down


Facebook Lawsuit Over Memorial Page

A judge in Brazil has ordered that the Facebook memorial page for a dead 24-year-old journalist be removed at the request of the girls mother.

The mother of Juliana Ribeiro Campos filed the lawsuit and argued that messages, songs, and photos posted by friends and family of the girl led her to suffer from “extreme distress.”

Campos passed away after suffering complications from a surgical procedure.

The girls mother Dolores Pereira Coutinho campaigned for months before taking legal action against the Facebook memorial page.

Following the court case the memorial page was still online and Facebook refused to comment on a matter of the court.

Judge Vania de Paula Arantes ruled in favor of the mother on March 19 and again on April 10. In the ruling the judge demanded that the Facebook memorial page be removed immediately.

In their third ruling judge Arantes gave Facebook 48 hours to remove the profile. Failure to obey the court order can bring with it imprisonment.

According to Mrs. Coutinho she attempted for seven months to have the memorial removed but was met only with automatic email replies.

Per the social networks policies the memorial page is only available to friends who can continue to post tributes to Juliana Ribeiro Campos.

Speaking to the BBC Mrs. Coutinho called the memorial a “wailing wall” and then added:

“On Christmas Eve many of her 200 friends posted pictures they had taken with her and recalled their memories. She was very charismatic, very popular. I cried for days.

Judge Arantes says Facebook memorial pages go against “the right of personal dignity and inflicted great suffering on the mother, due to the premature death of her only child”.

Facebook in the meantime is violating its own terms of service. The company’s policy specifically states that memorial pages can be taken down at the request of a “verified family member.”


James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.

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  1. I understand how the mom would want the page down, but I am sure that the page was a good way for her friends to remember her. It is a hard choice for sure!

  2. I am glad they finally did take the page down. Absolutely ridiculous that a grieving mother would have to go to that length to get it removed.

  3. The page seems like a healthy way for her friends to honor and remember her. Her mother is not obligated to look at it! Ridiculous that she had to get the court involved.