A Warning for Parents: Instagram is full of Porn

"Raunchy Instagram content isn’t too hard to find."

“In a recent experiment, digital safety organization  Protect Young Eyes filed 50 reports in 5 days on hashtags that featured pornographic content and got no response from Instagram. I got no response from the social media site either. I suspect that one reason why the solution to Instagram porn problem has proven to be elusive is that too much money is being made. This is highly problematic for many reasons.”

 

Many parents may be unaware of this, but Instagram is actually one of the most prominent social media offenders in regard to the proliferation of pornography. Recently, Forbes actually did a break-down of just how much porn is on Instagram—and how easy it is to access it. From Forbes:

Facebook’s Instagram site is overrun with pornography and other sexually charged images and videos that are accessible to the site’s many teenaged users. This is strange given the site’s strict nudity rules, which Instagram has been mocked for in the past. According to the site’s Community Guidelines, even “artistic” nudity is forbidden:

This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK.

Even so, the raunchy Instagram content isn’t too hard to find. Searching for terms like “nude,” “babes” or “sexy” or variations thereof or the name of any porn star in the site’s search bar will quickly uncover accounts that flout the site’s ban on nudity and aren’t filtered to prevent minors from seeing them. #Sexy has more than 57 million posts, many of which are clips from porn videos while #porngirls has more than 300,000 of them.

In a recent experiment, digital safety organization  Protect Young Eyes filed 50 reports in 5 days on hashtags that featured pornographic content and got no response from Instagram. I got no response from the social media site either. I suspect that one reason why the solution to Instagram porn problem has proven to be elusive is that too much money is being made. This is highly problematic for many reasons.

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