Instagram Fights Wildlife Exploitation with New Hashtag Warnings

07 December, 2017, 03:10 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Instagram's new pop ups will alert users to potential instances of animal abuse

With effect from this Monday, whenever an Instagram user will make searches pertaining to, for or making clicks on a hashtag that is generally associated to abusive behavior toward animals, such as posing with and holding wild animals, the following warning message will pop up.

"For Instagram to really step up now and recognize it and take strong measures, I think is very significant", he concluded.

"I think it's important for the community right now to be more aware", Instagram's Emily Cain told National Geographic.

By issuing the alert, Instagram hopes to open the eyes of its users to the animal exploitation that could be going on behind the photo.

The charity has launched a Wildlife Selfie Code for tourists to learn how to take a photo with wild animals without fueling the cruel wildlife entertainment industry - Join the movement to end this cruel industry by signing The Wildlife Selfie Code and commit to keeping wild animals in the wild, where they belong.

Now, if you search on several hundred terms, the app will throw a flag saying "Protect Wildlife on Instagram", adding that "you are searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behavior to animals or the environment".

Instagram is rife with photos of cute wild animals-including the exotic and endangered.

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While users looking to browse images already posted under the hashtags will be presented with the warning, they won't be warned if they attempt to upload a picture using the hashtag.

It is supported by a link which further directs the users to a Help Center which gives more information on wildlife exploitation. "And then when the animal gets too big they sell it, sometimes for body parts", he said.

Among the most popular photos, for instance, are those depicting a hug from a sloth, said Cassandra Koenen, the group's head of wildlife campaigns.

The photo-sharing platform worked with the World Wildlife Fund, its partner organisation TRAFFIC and World Animal Protection to draw up a list of the most commonly used hashtags in association with animal exploitation imagery and videos.

Instagram officials want to change that. The death of the dolphin sparked outrage and went viral on social media. Social media users call this trend "Wildlife Selfie".

"The majority are really unaware of a lot of the bad conditions and frightful treatment that wild animals experience, so that we can really capture special vacation selfies".

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