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.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.Via photos, comments and hashtags, many Instagram members are inviting other users to join them for “Kik Sex” on the messaging app Kik, where individuals can chat privately or exchange nude photos. Girls who wanna play post a comment and I’ll kik you,” wrote one Instagram user in a post that included the tags “instaboner,” “instac*ck,” “instahorny,” “instap*ssy,” and “f*ckme.” “Don’t be shy. Hit me up hotties." The post received 17 “likes.” Instagram’s adult-content alter ego comes as no surprise: the deluge of explicit imagery accompanies nearly every social network’s transition to the mainstream.More users invariably means more sex, and the top three most popular social media sites in the U. -- Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest – as well as Tumblr, the tenth most popular, have all struggled to crack down on users whose X-rated postings violate their terms of service.
The explicit images run afoul of Instagram’s terms of service, which prohibit “nude, partially nude, or sexually suggestive photos.” But while Instagram can ban certain activity, it can’t always police it.
Whenever you have a critical mass on the internet, the sex shows up,” said Terri Senft, a professor specializing in global media at New York University’s Department of Liberal Studies.
“If something bills itself as non-pornographic then becomes that way, to me it’s a sign that it’s reached the public knowledge-base, and now it’s solidly there.” “On Instagram, the community appears to be changing,” Senft added.
“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.