Instagram 'most important platform' for child sex abuse networks: Report

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SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram is the main platform used by pedophile networks to promote and sell content showing child sexual abuse, according to a report by Stanford University and the Wall Street Journal.

"Large networks of accounts that appear to be operated by minors are openly advertising self-generated child sexual abuse material for sale," said researchers at the US university's Cyber Policy Center.

"Instagram is currently the most important platform for these networks with features like recommendation algorithms and direct messaging that help connect buyers and sellers."

A Meta spokesperson on Thursday told AFP that the company works "aggressively" to fight child exploitation and support police efforts to capture those involved.

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