Whenever you have a critical mass on the internet, the sex shows up,” said Terri Senft, a professor specializing in global media at New York University’s Department of Liberal Studies.
The app, which has always allowed users to report abusive photos, recently introduced a feature allowing people to flag inappropriate comments, as well.
Chauntelle Tibbals, a visiting scholar researching the adult film industry at the University of Southern California, argued that overly broad wording in Instagram’s community guidelines leaves it vulnerable for explicit content.
“In terms of why we’re seeing these [graphic images], it has a lot to do with sites like Instagram not being specific enough in their terms of service,” said Tibbals.
“They are more than allowed to decide what they do or do not want on their site, but I think it’d be easier to just define the terms of service in a clear way and people will use it in a way Instagram is more comfortable with, and we’d be done with it.” A failure to crack down on the “instasex” community risks tainting Instagram’s rosy reputation and alienating users who came for tulips and landscapes, not Kik Sex and genitalia.
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