Tech & Science Animal selfies to carry Instagram warning

06:50  05 december  2017
06:50  05 december  2017 Source:   msn.com

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Instagram Pop-ups To Warn You Against Wild Animal Selfies - www.valuewalk.com. In a press release, the World Animal Protection said, “The explosive trend of posting wildlife selfies on the site has driven the suffering and exploitation of some of the world’s most iconic animals across the globe.”

“ Animals may look happy in selfies . Instagram ’s warning around wildlife exploitation functions much like those the platform set up last year related to issues of self-harm, which prompted a pop-up message to users searching hashtags related to suicide, eating disorders and other topics.

a man holding a dog© Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited Instagram will begin adding warnings to selfies that include certain wildlife species.

Clicking on a hashtag such as #koalaselfie or #lionselfie will generate a pop-up message with the heading "Protect Wildlife on Instagram".

"Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram," the warning reads.

"You are searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behaviour to animals or the environment."

a screenshot of a cell phone© Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited Users then have the option of cancelling the search, viewing the photos or clicking "learn more", which links to an Instagram help page on wildlife exploitation.

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Instagram ’s warning system, however, has its limits. Though a message pops up after a user has clicked the filtered hashtag, it will not show up for the user who themselves are posting a photo with According to an Instagram representative, hundreds of hashtag combinations will trigger a warning .

Image: Tourists take selfies with a baby dolphin on an Argentinian beach. Pic: CEN/Hernan Coria.

"To better educate our community members about creating content that exploits wildlife and nature, today we are launching new in-app products to encourage everyone to be thoughtful about interactions with wild animals and the environment," Instagram said in a statement.

The app's new feature targets photos of captive animals at wildlife tourist attractions, an experience that conservation groups say can be traumatising for the animals. In a similar move, dating app Tinder published a blog post in July, asking users not to upload selfies with tigers.

Instagram also displays pop-up warnings for controversial hashtags about eating disorders, self-harm and suicide.

Instagram becomes an interest network with hashtag following .
Instagram has always been a social network where you follow friends and creators, but today it's evolving with new way to follow hashtags so you see top posts and Stories about a topic on your home page. Rather than having to dig this content out of search or the Explore tab, can see the best #Slime videos or #FloralNails tutorials no matter who posts them.Today's change will require some smart filtering by Instagram to prevent objectionable content or spam from being distributed by hashtag following.

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