In the past year, Instagram has grown from 10 million users to 80 million.
“Instagram has moved from a niche thing to something people have heard about, and that means it has a critical mass.
Instagram, the photo-sharing app that promises a “fast, beautiful” way to exchange images, has enjoyed an enviable reputation as the Eden of social networking sites.
“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.
Once they were chatting, the individual “asked to see this child’s privates,” Sheehan wrote.
Once its acquisition of Instagram is complete, Facebook, with its thousands of engineers and billions of dollars, will no doubt help the photo-sharing service curb the pornographic postings.
The attributes that helped propel Instagram to social media stardom are the very same ones that make it so appealing to purveyors of soft-core pornography and people searching for sex-chat partners.