Instagram is continuing to be one of the best platforms out there right now.
Today, the social network launched a warning system to combat animal abuse and illegal wildlife trafficking.
If you hop on the platform and just want to see a ton of Koala pics, or Sloths, or even Alligators, you can — but before you see them, you’ll see a little warning message that notifies you about the possible abuse of endangered animals associated with these photos.
The warning system also says that you are possibly “searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behavior to animals or the environment.”
There are three options when the warning comes up – Cancel, Show Posts or Learn More.
If you choose “Learn More”, you’ll get a ton of information regarding the exploitation of wildlife for human enjoyment. Instagram will also give the same announcements for hashtags advertising exotic animals for sale.
Emily Cain, a spokeswoman for Instagram, explains that Instagram cares deeply about the welfare of animals and that responsible interactions with wildlife are part of the platform’s values.
“I think it’s important for the community right now to be more aware. We’re trying to do our part to educate them.”
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