Why did Facebook pull down photos from the page of Texas cheerleader and big game hunter Kendall Jones? It had nothing to do with public outcry, the social network said — the 19-year-old was violating the site’s terms of service.
Facebook told Mashable that the photos broke a rule about “graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence.”
“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 spokesman told Mashable.
An online petition asking Mark Zuckerberg to remove the snaps had no effect on the decision, the rep said — despite having more than 300,000 signatures.
“The number of reports does not influence whether a piece of content is removed,” rep said, the added, “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.”
Jones’ Facebook page featured photos of the blonde teenager smiling next to her kills — elephants, leopards, lions, hippos included — wielding her high-powered rifle and crossbow.
Jones, who has been traveling to Africa with her father on hunting trips since she was a child, has been posting photos since February and is slated to have her own show on the Sportsman channel.
Despite the outcry, Jones and her family have been defending her right to hunt. In a statement, they said that the hunts the young woman engaged in in Zimbabwe and South Africa were “100% legal with proper tags and licenses awarded on a pre-approved quota by the countries officials and wildlife department.”
Jones has also posted messages on social networks claiming that safari hunting raises money for conservation efforts and has asked her followers to tweet her their “most prized trophy” with the hashtag #supportkendall.
It appears as those her Instagram account has also been disabled.
Let's see pictures of your most prized trophy and hashtag it with #supportkendall ready, set, GO!!
— Kendall Jones (@_Kendalljones_) July 8, 2014
— Kendall Jones (@_Kendalljones_) July 3, 2014