Instagram acts to stop animal cruelty

Instagram acts to stop animal cruelty

This is not the first time a social media platform has warned against tiger selfies.

Instagram worked with a number of conservation organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund, TRAFFIC, and World Animal Protection, in order to bring this change to its social network platform.

'You are searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behaviour to animals or the environment'.

It reads: "Protect Wildlife on Instagram: Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram".

Instagram's move could also help clamp down on the growing problem of wildlife traffickers using social media to buy and sell live animals and poached animal parts.

Protecting wildlife and sensitive natural areas is hard enough as it is, and it's not helping that every brain-dead tourist wants to post a selfie with a koala bear or dolphin.

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Though there are plenty of people who don't give two shits about the safety of animals when it comes to furthering their brand, Instagram is hoping these notifications will help to educate people who don't know about the negative ramifications of riding an elephant while overseas. Starting today, Instagram is making it harder to find such content.

Similar alerts are already set up for many hashtags in dozens of languages related to suicide, self-harm, and eating disorders. Company spokesperson Cain calls the hashtag initiative "phase one" and says they haven't yet decided what further steps might be taken to mitigate illicit wildlife practices.

These animals are often victims of the tourism industry, and paying for pictures with exotic animals may put them and endangered animals at risk, the guidelines explain. Instagram isn't saying which terms will trigger the flags, though, as it wants users to discover them on their own.

The in the United States, though the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did briefly lift a ban on trophies from legally hunted elephants last month before President Trump put the decision on hold on November 17.

That was the finding of a new investigation that has led Instagram to hide such posts on the site and encourage people not to take them.

More than 40 per cent of those photos showed harmful interactions with the animal, such as hugging, holding, riding or inappropriately handling the animal, the group found. The reality is these wild animals are suffering terribly, both in front of and behind the camera.

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