Instagram Fights Wildlife Exploitation with New Hashtag Warnings

Instagram Fights Wildlife Exploitation with New Hashtag Warnings

Put down the selfie stick and step away from the koala.

HuffPost reports that starting this week, if you search for common hashtags associated with photos of humans posing with wildlife-for example, #lionselfie-you will be notified that these images generally have some sordid connections.

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.

Facebook's photo-sharing app on Tuesday began singling out hashtags like #SlothSelfie and #koalaSelfie, alerting users with pop-up messages that exotic animals appearing in tourist photo-ops are often subjected to abuse.

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Instagram has experimented with pop-up messages for other hashtags in the past surrounding suicide, eating disorders and other forms of self-harm, and already has safeguards in place to prevent pictures of animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts.

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. "The protection and safety of the natural world are important to us and our global community. We're trying to do our part to educate them".

"Even if the cruelty isn't right in front of you, [there's] cruelty that's behind the scenes to get to that point", said Cassandra Koenen, head of wildlife campaigns at the organization.

Taking a selfie with a wild animal and uploading it to social media may seem like a harmless thing to do. In August, a baby dolphin died in Spain while being passed around by tourists to take a selfie.

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