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In its Instagram profile, it asks users, “please don’t flag if you don’t like.” Several Instagram accounts that regularly post suggestive photos to did not reply to requests for comment .
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Images tagged with terms such as “sextagram,” “instaporn,” and “handbra” summon up tens of thousands of images of genitalia and nude -- or nearly naked -- men and women posing provocatively in beds, in bathrooms, or with a partner in a similar state of undress.
The explicit images run afoul of Instagram’s terms of service, which prohibit “nude, partially nude, or sexually suggestive photos.” But while Instagram can ban certain activity, it can’t always police it.
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“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.