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Local photographer victim of online abuse after case of mistaken identity
Monday 2nd October 2017 @ 14:55 by Tom Greggan
Ashton Dukinfield News Tameside

A photographer from Dukinfield has spoke of the stress that comes with being a victim of mistaken identity online.

Amelia Rose Barker, owner of Ashton-based Amelia Rose Photography, has spent the best part of a year denying allegations of paedophilia after a sick Facebook post by an account with the name ‘Amelia Rose’ went viral.

The account in question, which has no connection to Amelia or her business, has been banned but a screenshot image of the post continues to do the rounds. And Amelia, whose online presence is crucial to her family photography business, is still feeling the effects.

She said: “Some of the messages I’ve had have been horrific, from strangers who I’ve never met. I’ve even had messages from actual customers who think it’s me, so it’s affecting my business.”

Amelia, who herself has a two-year-old son, has been at pains to point out the vile post has nothing to do with her but the abuse keeps on coming.

Strangers from across the pond have even left one star reviews on Amelia’s business page after mistaking her for the woman in the viral post. Unfortunately, the negative attention is completely out of Amelia’s control.

“I’ve repeatedly made it clear that the post is nothing to do with me but it’s not stopped,” she said. “It makes me feel sick. I shouldn’t have to tell people I’m not a paedophile.”


Image (left): The sick Facebook post that went viral and led to months of abuse for a local photographer, despite it being nothing to do with her.