Family wants photo, misleading post about cancer victim removed from Facebook

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

READING, Pa. (WPVI) -- A misleading post, featuring a photo of a young cancer victim from Berks County, has been spreading across social media.

The Facebook post, by a man claiming to be from New York, shows Laney Brown, and the caption implies she is currently battling cancer.

But Brown, who was from West Reading, died in December 2013 at the age of 8.

The post, written in French, does not solicit money, but asks visitors to show their support by clicking "like."

The post has garnered more than 600,000 "likes" in recent days.

Members of "Team Laney," which supported Brown during her illness, say they are heartbroken and angry by the misleading post.

They say the photo of Brown was used without permission.

Brown's family has asked Facebook to remove it.

But the social media company has declined, saying the post, while it may be inaccurate, isn't breaking any rules.

WFMZ-TV reports this isn't the first time the family has been hurt by social media.

Last year, the station reports, the "Team Laney" Facebook page was hacked.

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