Shady videos hiding on Instagram

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Out of all places on the Internet, Instagram is the last place where folks would expect to find porn videos. Little would one know that there are more than one million such clips currently posted through the app. Their posters have found a way to bypass the app’s nudity policy.

The individuals uploading such content seem to be able do this by posting inappropriate videos on Instagram with Arabic hashtags. For instance, searching for the hashtag ‘movies’ in Arabic brings up a large number of porn clips, as observed by tech blogger and hacker, Jed Ismael who has made this discovery.

Through a blog post he has said that this content can be viewed without any age restriction, also pointing out that most porn websites too have age-gates on their opening pages. Out of the more than 400 million monthly active users of the multi-platform app, a large percentage is children.

It’s hence that porn videos cropping up on Instagram is a huge cause for concern. Watch the video in the space above to know how exactly the users are bypassing the nudity policy of the app in order to post the clips.

The method of using Arabic hashtags is not something that’s new to the Internet though. As Ismael has pointed out, it was only a couple of months ago that a number of porn videos were found to be lurking around on YouTube due to the fact that they were posted using the Hungarian language.

We now hope Instagram has taken note of this porn fiasco, and will be swift in its action to eradicate such videos from the app that’s loved by more than 400 million people worldwide.