CNN:”Instagram is leading social media platform for child grooming.”

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There is a principle found in Jesus’ words about children. Jesus used a child to teach His disciples that childlike faith is necessary for entrance into the kingdom of heaven. At the same time, He said that the Father has concern for all of His “little ones” (Matthew 18:1–14). In that passage, Jesus says, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6, KJV). The word offend in the Greek means “to cause one to stumble, to put a stumbling block or impediment in the way, upon which another may trip and fall, to entice to sin, or to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey.”

How pedophiles are using Instagram as a secret portal to an apparent network of child porn….

  • Pedophiles have been sharing Dropbox links to child porn via Instagram
  • The sick social media users advertised their content via certain hashtags
  • Teenagers running meme accounts have tried to alert their followers to report the offenders to Instagram
  • However some alleged they received messages from Instagram saying it didn’t violate their terms of service
  • Instagram said it is using technology to detect content that puts children at risk
  • Dropbox said it is working with Instagram to make sure the links are taken down
  • A Dropbox spokesperson told DailyMail.com: ‘We work with Instagram and other sites to ensure this type of content is taken down as soon as possible’ 
  • Instagram told DailyMail.com they are ‘developing technology which proactively finds child nudity and child exploitative content when it’s uploaded’

A hashtag war has been brewing on Instagram between users who appear to be trading child pornography and the memers intent on stopping them.

A network of users on the platform has allegedly been using the hashtag #dropboxlinks to find and share explicit photos of underage children. Once these users connect, they are thought to trade the illicit material via links shared through Instagram direct messages.

Another headline about the potential dangers of social media is sending a warning to parents: Tech giants like Snapchat and Instagram may not be doing a very good job of protecting children from pedophiles. 

The photo-sharing app Snapchat recently featured a filter called “Love Has No Labels” promoting LGBTQ Pride Month. But one of the categories included by Snapchat raised some eyebrows.

After uncovering this network over the weekend, hundreds of meme accounts launched a callout campaign on Monday in an effort to root out alleged child pornography on the platform. They shared PSAs about the phenomenon and flooded the hashtag with memes in order to make it harder for those looking to trade links to find one another.

Newsbusters reported, the filter had the options to say that love had no gender, race, or religion, as part of the mass-marketed promotion of homosexual “pride” during the month of June. But there was also the option to pick: “Love Has No Age.”

Critics say “age” did not seem to fit in the list, unless it was meant to justify pedophilia.

The viral campaign started when the Instagram meme account @ZZtails uploaded a video to Youtube on Monday morning. “This is going to be an actual serious video,” says Jack, the 16-year-old founder and admin of @ZZtails, who, like all minors in this piece, is referred to by his first name only because of privacy concerns. Jack claims that he saw a call for Instagram users to report an account that “posted very sexually explicit photos of boys” over the weekend. As he investigated the account, he discovered that it was following the hashtag #dropboxlinks.

Experts say Snapchat isn’t the only concern for parents. Pedophiles use other social media like Instagram to target young people.

Using certain hashtags on Instagram has given pedophiles increased access to children concerning specific topics.

The Atlantic reported, a network of users on the platform has allegedly been using the hashtag #dropboxlinks to find and share explicit photos of underage children. Once these users connect, they are thought to trade the illicit material via links shared through Instagram direct messages.

Even CNN reported recently that “Instagram is leading social media platform for child grooming.”

ProtectYoungEyes.com explains in great detail what parents need to be on the lookout for when it comes to Instagram grooming.

In general, the summertime is more dangerous for kids online. 

The alleged child-porn-trading users set up anonymous accounts with throwaway usernames or handles such as @dropbox_nudes_4_real (which has since been removed). The accounts that @ZZtails and other memers surfaced, which can also be found on the hashtag, contain blank posts with captions asking users to DM them for Dropbox links, which allegedly contain child porn or nudes.

“I’ll trade, have all nude girl videos,” one user commented in September 2018. “DM young girl dropbox,” said another. “DM me slaves,” said someone else. Many others commented “HMU to trade dropbox links” on various throwaway accounts. “Young boys only,” another user posted several times. On Saturday, an account with the username @trade_dropbox_linkz posted “DM if u want young girl links.”

“Just due to having more time, kids hang out with new people during the summer and in larger groups. Parents might have to be more vigilant about who their kid is hanging out with, and whether or not the situation increases the risk of using the internet poorly”, Protect Young Eyes.com said.

Those new environments could expose kids to what’s called “cyber-flashing.” It’s a problem that already exists on social media, but it can also happen when people send unsolicited porn through an “airdrop” to someone else’s digital device. More about that here.

Of course, parents should also beware that many social media sites allow children to chat live and share images with anyone. 

According to screenshots shared with The Atlantic, several memers who reported the accounts received messages from Instagram claiming that the platform’s terms had not been violated. While they waited for Instagram to take action, meme-account holders banded together to spam related hashtags with memes. One memer who posted using the hashtag received a message from another user with links to illicit material, asking if he wanted to “trade boys.”

Late Monday night, after an inquiry from The Atlantic, Instagram restricted the hashtags #dropboxlinks and #tradedropbox. “Keeping children and young people safe on Instagram is hugely important to us,” an Instagram spokesperson said. “We do not allow content that endangers children, and we have blocked the hashtags in question.” The platform also said it is “developing technology which proactively finds child nudity and child exploitative content when it’s uploaded so we can act quickly.”

Child Rescue Coalition explains, today child predators have virtually unlimited access to child pornography due to the easy, anonymous, and on-demand availability of these illicit graphic images and videos of child victims. 

Parents are encouraged to continue communicating with their kids about the dangers of sharing content and opening unsolicited content online.  

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  1. Patrick Galasso on June 4, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    In 1st Peter 2:11, the Bible condemns the lusts of the flesh which do “war against” men’s souls. Yet Miley Cyrus enjoys creating such lusts, generating lasciviousness in the souls of her victims, with no regard for God nor man. Miley says that no one dare “tame her.” Well Miley, God will not be mocked. You will be tamed the day you pass into eternity.

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