You would never imagine a service like Instagram being used for illicit wildlife trafficking, but this is not only a common practice but also a very lucrative one as well.
And the traffickers use some of the same tactics that the best social media marketers utilize to find their customers.
After a New York Times report revealed that animal rights abusers are using the Instagram social media platform to coordinate the illegal buying and selling of animals, the company took action and has developed a plan that brings awareness to animal rights abuse when a user searches for certain hashtags on the service.
The division of Facebook posted a blog about its actions in remedying this problem spot on its popular service and said that: “Starting today, when people search for a hashtag associated with harmful behavior to animals or the environment, they will see a content advisory screen. We are committed to fostering a safer, kinder world both on Instagram and beyond.”
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