Instagram porn SHAME as secret sex hashtags reveal hundreds of smutty videos – despite app’s 13+ age rating

INSTAGRAM is awash with hardcore porn videos despite being aimed at children as young as 13, The Sun can reveal.

The popular image-sharing app has a strict “zero tolerance” policy on sexual content – but has failed to crack down on porn hashtags that help users find smut online.

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Instagram is a popular app owned by Facebook aimed at anyone over the age of 13 – but it’s not as safe as you might think
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The Sun tracked down more than a dozen different hashtags that lead directly to smut.

Typical Instagram users add innocent hashtags – like #dog or #food – to their posts, so that others can search for them more easily.

But pervs are abusing this feature to circulate XXX photos and videos with each other.

We found hundreds of inappropriate posts in a matter of minutes, just by entering rogue hashtags easily searchable online.

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Age-inappropriate content on Instagram is shockingly easy to access
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Anyone with the Instagram app, or access to the Instagram website, can quickly find adult content.

Some videos depicted full sex with genitals in clear view, while others showed oral sex or masturbation.

One clip even showed a bestiality scene involving an adult woman and a horse – which is illegal to distribute in the UK.

Others didn’t necessarily depict nudity, but included male ejaculation or close-up crops on hardcore sex scenes – leaving genitals just out of shot.

Instagram, owned by Facebook, is supposed to be a family-friendly app.

In its own guidelines, it states: “Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account.”

And the site also claims to have a “zero tolerance” policy on sexual content that could harm children.

The Instagram nudity policy is very clear: “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.

“This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that shows sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks.

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Instagram’s own user guidelines explicitly forbid the uploading of age-inappropriate content
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“It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed.

“Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.”

Instagram bans obviously sexual hashtags like “porn”.

But the company has failed to keep a close enough eye on how users are spreading smut.

Speaking to The Sun, UK Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “Social media firms must do more to protect children from harmful content.

“If their own terms and conditions are not enough to do that, we will need new laws to keep our children safe.”

To beat Instagram’s filters, randy users share explicit clips with foreign-language hashtags, or hashtags with special text characters. Other hashtags aren’t even disguised, and are plainly obvious, easily searchable terms.

These coded phrases lead to endless lists of age-inappropriate material.

The Sun found one very simple hashtag that had been applied to more than 9million posts on Instagram.

And one pornographic video near the top of the search results had been viewed more than 130,000 times – despite being live for just five hours.

That suggests pervs can very easily track down these videos, allowing them to rack up huge numbers of views very quickly.

It’s unclear why Instagram seems unable to keep a lid on these videos itself.

Is your child looking at porn online?

Here's advice from the NSPCC on how to speak to your child about it…

  • Ask open questions about what they have been looking at. But be prepared for the fact that they may not want to talk about it and might feel embarrassed.
  • If you’re really worried about what they’ve been viewing, tell them why and make it clear that you don’t want them to view it again.
  • You can also block the content by using parental controls and explain why you’ve done this. Suggest other age-appropriate sites where they can find out about sex and relationships. ChildLine has information that’s suitable for children aged 9+, and the BBC has some clear, straightforward advice for young people.
  • If you’re less worried and think they may be ‘experimenting’, talk to them about the differences between online porn and real sex, love and relationships.

But the fact is that Instagram is clearly failing to protect the youngest users of its app.

Research commissioned by the NSPCC in 2016 revealed that around 53% of British children aged between 11 and 16 had seen porn online.

And 94% of those had seen the material by the age of 14.

Speaking to The Sun, Andy Burrows, the NSPCC’s Associate Head of Child Safety Online, said Instagram wasn’t doing enough to protect kids.

“Instagram’s rules ban pornography but clearly its moderation systems aren’t removing content that it should.

“Instagram should proactively filter out content which breaks its own rules.

“Young people on Instagram should never be exposed to this kind of adult content, some of which includes bestial themes.

“The new Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright must make sure these laws are fit for purpose, and are backed by an independent regulator with teeth.”

The Sun has made Instagram aware of the inappropriate hashtags, and is awaiting comment.

This isn’t the first time Instagram has been caught out for failing to shut out smut.

Back in 2016, the company was blasted for the secret spread of porn clips through Arabic-language hashtags on the site.

Yet two years later, it seems Instagram is still struggling with the exact same issue.

Instagram and Facebook aren’t alone in their failure to protect children, either.

In April this year, The Sun Tech revealed how YouTube was rife with porn videos that had racked up millions of views.

A related investigation showed how some twisted YouTube porn playlists were “luring kids” with cartoon clips – before descending into depravity.

And earlier this month, we uncovered hundreds of hardcore sex videos on YouTube created using Roblox, a Minecraft-style game aimed at children as young as seven.

Do you think Instagram should apologise for failing to keep a lid on XXX material on the app? Let us know in the comments!


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