Australian anti-sexual exploitation group claims Instagram is a ‘predator’s paradise’ rife with men grooming young children
- Anti-sexual exploitation groups unite to address ‘predator’s paradise’ Instagram
- Collection of comments shows string of explicit comments to children from men
- They’re calling on Instagram to incorporate three new key policies for protection
- All three organisations claim Instagram is not doing enough to protect minors
An Australian anti-sexual exploitation group has partnered with other organisations to combat ‘rampant sex trafficking and child grooming’ on Instagram.
Three organisations, Collective Shout, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and Defend Dignity have united in their fight against child exploitation online.
Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach, National Center on Sexual Exploitation Haley Halverson said Instagram had become a ‘predator’s paradise’.
Anti-sexual exploitation group Collective Shout have united with other international organisation to convince Instagram to take action claiming the platform has become a ‘predator’s paradise’
‘YouTube came under public scrutiny for facilitating paedophile comments and networking in the comment sections of videos featuring young children, but what we’re seeing on Instagram now is even worse,’ she said.
‘It’s time to #WakeUpInstagram and stop a predator’s paradise from flourishing. Instagram needs to prioritise the safety of minors, not the accessibility of minors to adults, on its platform.’
Collective Shout campaigner Lyn Kennedy said they had compiled hundreds of samples of sexual and predatory comments on underage girls’ on Instagram since July.
‘What we’ve found shows that sexualisation and harassment of underage girls on Instagram is rampant,’ Miss Kennedy said.
‘By giving adults unfettered access to children and facilitating the transmission of sexual comments, including requests for sexual images, from men to girls.
‘Instagram is complicit in putting underage girls at risk and normalising them as available for sexual gratification.’
Collective Shout campaigner Lyn Kennedy said they had compiled hundreds of samples of sexual, predatory comments on underage girls’ on Instagram since July
Miss Kennedy said too often they were finding sexually explicit comments from men to underage children as well as ‘trafficking’ their pictures to nefarious third party websites
Miss Kennedy was appalled at the comments Collective Shout were able to compile.
One explicit comment was from a grown man to a six-year-old girl describing her genitalia.
‘My colleagues and I are spending a lot of time reporting these comments. Too often Instagram says the sexually explicit comments don’t violate their ‘community guidelines’,’ she said.
‘Perhaps it’s time for their board to come up with some new guidelines to protect children?’
She said any social media companies allowing minors to use their platform had to provide ‘adequate measures to keep children safe from sexual predators’.
Collective Shout campaigner Melinda Liszewski told Nine News thousands of images of underage girls form Instagram were being ‘trafficked’ into nefarious websites.
‘They are writing very detailed erotic stories (on third party websites) about these girls,’ Liszewski said.
‘Instagram is effectively enabling this exploitation.’
The organisations said they want to see Instagram employ ‘three vital policy improvements’.
First is to change settings so strangers can’t message minors through the social media platform.
Secondly to fix their algorithm ‘to proactively remove sexualising or sexually graphic comments on minor’s photos’.
Thirdly the organisations want to see Instagram have a complaints section specific to sexual comments being made to and about minors.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Instagram for comment.
The anti-sexual exploitation groups are calling on Instagram to address the issue and employ three new key policy changes designed to further protect children on the platform