Meta has created a taskforce to investigate claims made in a report published by the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) that Instagram is hosting and promoting the sale of self-generated child sexual abuse material (SG-CSAM).
According to the SIO, Instagram is “currently the most important platform for these networks”, and the platform's features, such as recommendation algorithms and direct messaging, help connect buyers with sellers.
Instagram's features allow users to search for terms that its algorithms attribute with SG-CSAM. The platform shows a pop-up warning explaining the results "may contain images of child sexual abuse” but presents users with an option to "see results anyway”. Instagram has since disabled this option.
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