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Instagram Being Used For Selling Illegal Drugs

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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Instagram, the photo and video sharing network owned by Facebook, is usually associated with light-hearted 'selfie' photos, or amusing memes.

    But it also has a darker side, and has become a marketplace for a wide range of illicit goods. So long as you know the right hashtags to search.

    Thousands of pictures showing drugs on offer can be found on Instagram by searching keywords.

    In response to this investigation by #BBCTrending, Instagram has blocked searches for certain terms associated with the suspected illegal sale of drugs via its service.

    "Instagram has a clear set of rules about what is and isn't allowed on the site," a spokeswoman told the BBC.

    "We encourage people who come across illegal or inappropriate content to report it to us using the built-in reporting tools next to every photo, video or comments, so we can take action."

    "People can't buy things on Instagram, we are simply a place where people share photos and videos."


    By BBC News, 11/7/13

    Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24849537

    Photo: Google.com

    Author Bio

    Beenthere2Hippie
    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. SIR KIT
    I actually discovered this by accident over a year ago when I was really just looking for pics. I could hardly believe it.
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