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Porn on Instagram: Arabic hashtags carry hidden hardcore pornographic videos

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:55 IST
Did you know that there are more than a million hardcore porn videos on Instagram?

Although the popular photo-sharing site has a strict no-nudity policy, users are escaping moderators by using long Arabic hashtags to upload uncensored porn, reports News.com.au.

Tech blogger Jed Ismael first came across this when he was searching with a hashtag that means "movies" in Arabic. According to the techie, he discovered more than one million sex films on the website.

Later, on his blog, he shared the news, "Instagram has banned certain English explicit hashtags from being showed in search. Yet users seem to find a way around the policy by using non English terms or hashtags."

It has also been revealed that this explicit content is easily available and can be viewed without any age verification.

Instagram did not come up with an explanation as it is still investigating the whole issue. In its community guidelines, Instagram states: "We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don't allow nudity on Instagram.

-With agency inputs

First published: 14 March 2016, 10:58 IST
 
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