In addition, according to experts, the social network recommends drug-related hashtags to them. To find out, the experts used seven specially created fake accounts. They posed as teenage users aged 13, 14, 15 and 17.
As a result, within the framework of the research, experts even faced a situation when, during the introduction of the request “buyxanax”, Instagram not only did not stop the user, but even automatically filled in the result on its own. And one of the proposed accounts belonged to a drug dealer.
The report also notes that Instagram’s defense mechanisms against drug-related content work quite mediocre. While the platform bans many hashtags related to illegal substances, such as #mdma, it also offers alternatives such as #mollymdma.