Facebook removes hunting photos from Texas cheerleader's page

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Monday, July 7, 2014 - 6:17pm

A Texas Tech cheerleader found herself in the sights of many last week after photos of her African hunts went viral on Facebook. Likewise, many stepped forward to defend her, including the Hunter Defense Fund.

Since her story spread like wildfire, Facebook was faced with the decision of either allowing the photos on their social site or removing them. They chose the latter late last week.

In a response to NBC News posted on their site, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the social media network did recently remove some of Jones' pictures for violating the site's policies.

"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 company said in a statement.

Facebook would not say exactly how many pictures were removed or provide any more specifics. Other content was allowed to remain. "Certain content, which some may find offensive, can be used to spread awareness," the company added, "and we welcome dialogue about animal abuse, hunting and other animal rights issues." 

As of Monday evening, Jones' Facebook page is closing in on 500,000 likes.

Photos removed from the social networking site can be seen on our previous report.

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