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Progress! We Met With Instagram About Their Problems With Sex Trafficking and Predatory Comments

We at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation recently met with a top executive from Instagram! This occurred in December, after three anti-sexual exploitation organizations from three different countries–the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (United States), Collective Shout (Australia), and Defend Dignity (Canada)–launched a #WakeUpInstagram campaign to call on Instagram to improve its related policies and practices. As part of this…

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13yo girl was abused and exploited on Instagram in her own home. It could have been prevented.

Maria* was 13 years old when she first got Instagram on her cellphone. She had her parent’s permission because Instagram is rated as appropriate for “Ages 12+.” She loved sharing photos as well as “liking” and commenting on her friend’s images. She mostly posted about being in Girl Scouts, babysitting her younger brother, and going…

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The Outrageous Response by Facebook’s Instagram to Our Joint #WakeUpInstagram Campaign

In response to the joint international campaign to #WakeUpInstagram— by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (United States), Collective Shout (Australia), and Defend Dignity (Canada)—a Facebook spokesperson told Fox News on November 20th that: “Any content that endangers or exploits children is unthinkable and has no place on Instagram. We have policies that prohibit this…

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Joint International Campaign Launched to #WakeUpInstagram to Sexual Exploitation on its Platform

Today three anti-sexual exploitation organizations from three different countries—the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (United States), Collective Shout (Australia), and Defend Dignity (Canada)—launched a #WakeUpInstagram campaign to call out rampant sex trafficking, child sexual abuse grooming, as well as adult fetishization of young girls on Instagram. “Earlier this year, YouTube came under public scrutiny for…

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Fox News: Instagram is ‘predators’ paradise,’ human rights groups claim

Original published on Fox News By Christopher Carbone A group of international anti-sexual exploitation organizations on Wednesday blasted Instagram as a “predators’ paradise” as a part of a campaign to call out abusive behaviors on the popular photo platform. “It’s time to #WakeUpInstagram, and stop a predators’ paradise from flourishing. Instagram needs to prioritize the…

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Sex Trafficking Survivors Reveal Instagram is a Popular Online Slavery Auction Block

A few months ago I met with 3 young girls who were sex trafficking survivors in Washington DC. They showed us their Instagram accounts, which were set to private. Any parents would assume this meant the app was locked down and safe for a minor to use. However, even though their accounts were set to…

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Phylicia Henry of Courtney's House DC speaks about online child safety at the "Protecting Children from Online Exploitation" national symposium

Industry Experts Sound Alarm on Emerging Threats to Online Child Safety at NCOSE Symposium

Online child safety should be top of mind for all of us—not just parents. We protect children from undue harm and exploitation from harmful industries elsewhere—such as the tobacco industry—but our systems and laws have not kept pace with technological advancement and our children’s well-being is at severe risk as a result. That reality was…

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This Father Discovered His Daughter Was Being Groomed on Instagram

This father discusses his 13-year-old’s experience of being groomed on Instagram. A stranger who looked similar to another teenage girl started talking to her in an innocent way. But then later they started asking if she or any of her friends wanted to go “on a date” particularly “if they need money.” The person also…

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A day of the girl on Instagram: posed, exposed and at risk – Collective Shout

Originally posted by Collective Shout The sexual exploitation of young girls on Instagram must stop now Collective Shout campaigner Lyn Kennedy recently wrote about the countless Instagram pages she found filled with sexualised images of children. Under the guise of “child modelling” young girls were posed dressed in dancewear and swimwear: “There are girls standing, hip to…

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If Instagram can restrict diet products, they can stop child sexual exploitation – Collective Shout

Originally posted by Collective Shout Instagram and Facebook have announced a crack down on advertisements for diet and cosmetic surgery products. The measures include age restrictions on who can see the advertising. While we welcome this news, we question why Instagram hasn’t taken any proactive measures against the proliferation of child sexual exploitation on their…

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