Facebook removed a controversial picture of Texas cheerleader and hunter Kendall Jones last week, after the photo of Jones next to a leopard she killed violated the corporation’s posting policies.
Jones, a strong advocate for hunting, recently posted the photo of her in Zimbabwe, where she hunted the leopard. The picture caught the attention of numerous people who criticized Jones for being cruel to animals and hunting a possibly endangered species of leopard, according to The Blaze.
Hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition calling for Facebook to remove the photo.
Facebook officials said they removed the picture because it violated the site’s posting conditions, which do not allow for photos that promote the “poaching of endangered species.”
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“We remove reported content that promotes poaching of endangered species, the sale of animals for organized fight or content that includes extreme acts of animal abuse,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “The number of reports does not influence whether a piece of content is removed.”
Jones posts numerous photos about hunting and has said that it helps the local economy and the environment. Some of her photos express that the average person does not understand hunting and should not criticize it.
The Texas cheerleader has still been posting more pictures of herself with her hunting gear since the incident.
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Source: The Blaze