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Instagram Cracks Down on Posts That May Harm The Wildlife or Nature

Instagram Cracks Down on Posts That May Harm The Wildlife or Nature

If you click on an offending hashtag like #koalaselfie, #lionselfie #koalahugs or #tigerpet, a new warning will pop up.

Instagram wants you to stop touching koalas.

Despite Instagram's insistence that the "protection and safety of the natural world are important to us and our global community", and that it's "committed to fostering a safer, kinder world both on Instagram and beyond the app", animal welfare advocates may be disappointed to discover that once the user has read the pop-up message, they can still choose to view the content. Animal protection groups have been warning people for some time about the industries that support animal selfies and the abuse suffered by the monkeys, koalas, and tigers posing in them.

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However, the social networking site isn't the first social media to impose such warning. You will now get a content advisory screen whenever you will search for hashtags or photos/videos associated with harmful behavior to animals or the environment.

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.

It comes after the charity launched a Wildlife Selfie Code for tourists to learn how to take a photos with wild animals without fuelling cruelty. The dating app, Tinder, for example, asked its users to avoid using selfies with tigers for their profiles. Now, the campaign has influenced Instagram to take progressive steps towards ending wild animal selfies! The hashtags still auto-populate in search results. The campaign brought much-needed attention to how taking selfies with wild animals is anything but cute and 250,000 people signing the organization's pledge. It has pop-up warnings for other topics, including suicide, self-harm and eating disorders. However, what most people fail to realize is that these animals have no desire to be used as selfie props. But it may help in spreading the message about protecting wildlife from exploitation. Additionally, being handled by tourist after tourist exposes these precious animals to a vast array of germs and diseases.


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