Parents are forewarned that Instagram should be considered off-limits to teens as new revelations exposed that the platform hosts a vast network of pedophiles searching for their next target.
In a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) investigation, Instagram – a top social media platform used by teens – was found to not only host the network of pedophiles but acts as a guide connecting perverts with accounts through algorithms to sellers of child-sex materials and hashtags like #pedowhore and #preteensex. The investigation, conducted with researchers at Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, further reports that some of these accounts often claim to be run by the children themselves and openly use blatant sexual handles such as “little slut for you.”
Moreover, the researchers found that Instagram accounts offering to sell illicit child sex material usually post “menus” of content. Some of these accounts invite buyers to commission specific acts and may include prices for videos of children harming themselves and “imagery of the minor performing sexual acts with animals,” the researchers at the Stanford Internet Observatory found. Shockingly, some of these accounts also offer children for in-person “meet ups.”
The report also claimed the pedophile accounts on Instagram “mix brazenness with superficial efforts to veil their activity.” Certain emojis function as pedophile code, such as an image of a map—shorthand for “minor-attracted person”—or one of “cheese pizza,” which has been defined as “child pornography.” This contradicts multiple reports from the mainstream media over the years claiming that “pizza” or “cheese pizza” is not a pedophile code word. You can learn more about how child sex predators have used “pizza” as a pedophile code word for years here, and how law enforcement has been able to identify and arrest child predators for using “pizza” as a pedophile code word.
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