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Lena Dunham is apologizing to fans after comparing certain websites to domestic violence.

In a lengthy Instagram post, the Girls star shared a photo that read "sorry" with an explanation of her word choices.

"When I heard my own quote I was like ‘Jesus, Lena, no.' I wasn't making a joke about domestic violence—I was over-emphatic in my attempt to capture how damaging the Internet can be (not just to celebrities)," she explained. "When I first discovered the world wide web as a teenager it felt like salvation."

She continued, "I've met a lot of my best friends there. It's allowed for so much magic. But it also makes room for so much hate and a new kind of violence. I'm not the first to say it. I shan't be the last."

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For those who missed the comments, Dunham recently sat down for a special hour-long interview with Re/code as she tried to promote her new newsletter, Lenny.

As she tried to explain why she doesn't run her own Twitter account after being body-shamed on certain websites, the actress made a remark that upset some readers.

"I used to read Gawker and Jezebel in college and be like, 'I can't wait to get to New York where my people will be to welcome me,'" she shared. "And it's like, it's literally, if I read it, it's like going back to a husband who beat me in the face—it just doesn't make any sense."

Ultimately, Dunham admitted that her comparison wasn't the best idea. She also acknowledges that it could have come off in a different way than she had hoped.

"I regret that earlier comparison because it doesn't accurately describe the condition of being attacked online AND it appears to make light of domestic violence, which ain't my style," she shared on Instagram. "Sleep tight and thank you for the @lennyletter love today."

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