Facebook Explains Removal Of Cheerleader Kendall Jones’ Hunting Photos

By David Cohen 

KendallJones650Facebook responded to yet another controversy over photos that were removed from the social network, this time in the case of Kendall Jones, a 19-year-old cheerleader from Texas Tech University, who posted several photos of animals she had shot and killed while on a safari in Zimbabwe earlier this month.

Jones’ photos infuriated animal-rights groups, and Mashable reported that an online petition demanding that Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg remove the images totaled more than 328,000 signatures at the time of this post, but a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable the photos were not removed due to the public outcry.

The spokesperson told Mashable the photos were removed because they violated Facebook’s terms of service, specifically a rule covering “graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence,” adding:

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. The number of reports does not influence whether a piece of content is removed.

Certain content, which some may find offensive, can be used to spread awareness, and we welcome dialogue about animal abuse, hunting, and other animal-rights issues.

Readers: How should Facebook have reacted to the latest “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation regarding content posted to the social network?