"Instagram responds to its illegal-ape-trade problem"
The poachers set up social media accounts, post photos of animals like baby chimpanzees and orangutans–sometimes dressed in children’s clothing–and offer them for sale. A detective working with the Times found one Instagram account offering dozens of rare animals.
Instagram, for its part, says it was shocked by the allegations after hearing about them in the report. “It is heartbreaking to hear when our platform is being used to traffic and sell wild animals,” a spokesperson tells Fast Company. “This illegal behavior is prohibited on Instagram and we will remove violating content or accounts.”
“Animals are an important and fun part of the Instagram community,” the spokesperson added.
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