Instagram Fights Wildlife Exploitation with New Hashtag Warnings

Protecting Wildlife and Nature from Exploitation – Instagram

Stop and think before you post your #SlothSelfie, Instagram says

More than 3,000 posts with #koalaselfie already exist on the platform, but Instagram won't be banning the photos.

According to WAP numerous animals who tourists take photos with are stolen from their natural habitat and are then kept in cramped conditions and passed around from tourist to tourist, causing them extreme stress.

The warnings will appear on hundreds of searches, though Instagram has not released a detailed list, looking to prevent malicious actors from sidestepping them. "Be wary when paying for photo opportunities with exotic animals, as these photos and videos may put endangered animals at risk".

"To better educate our community members about creating content that exploits wildlife and nature, today we are launching new in-app products to encourage everyone to be thoughtful about interactions with wild animals and the environment", Instagram said in a statement.

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Many of them are illegally taken from the wild or away from their mothers to serve as selfie bait for tourists, and are often kept in appalling conditions.

Instagram also has policed content for other topics including suicide, self-harm and eating disorders. "I think it's important for the community right now to be more aware".

In many areas, animals are often illegally captured to generate money from tourists who jump at the chance to take a selfie with an exotic species, a practice that is highly unsafe for the animals involved. Kardashian and her half-sister, model Kendal Jenner, are also regular visitors to the Black Jaguar-White Tiger animal rescue foundation, which houses exotic animals including pumas, lions and jaguars.

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