Instagram has moved from a niche thing to something people have heard about, and that means it has a critical mass.
Whenever you have a critical mass on the internet, the sex shows up, said Terri Senft, a professor specializing in global media at New York Universitys Department of Liberal Studies.
The attributes that helped propel Instagram to social media stardom are the very same ones that make it so appealing to purveyors of soft-core pornography and people searching for sex-chat partners.
The photo-sharing app puts photos front and center, allows Alexis Texas for a degree of anonymity, and encourages public posts that help like-minded strangers find each other.
There are 135,000 photos tagged latte and 201,000 tagged Instasex. Instagram is being used not only as a way to exchange X-rated images, but also a place for sex chat partners to find each other, offering a glimpse at how cybersex has adapted to the social media age. More users invariably means more sex, and the top three most popular social media sites in the U. – Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well as Tumblr, the tenth most popular, have all struggled to crack down on users whose X-rated postings violate their terms of service.
On Instagram, the community appears to be changing, Senft added.
And its a service Facebook paid billion to bring into its fold.
But beyond the food porn that regularly tops Instagrams most popular list lurks an abundance of, well, porn porn.
The product’s real-time stream of images and the ease with which it can be accessed on smartphones also ensures that users can connect at all hours of the day.
Images tagged with terms such as sextagram, instaporn, and handbra summon up tens of thousands of images of genitalia and nude – or nearly naked – men and women posing provocatively in beds, in bathrooms, or with a partner in a similar state of undress.
The more graphic photos show people masturbating in front of the camera, while others might not look out of place in a Victorias Secret catalog. Instagrams adult-content alter ego comes as no surprise: the deluge of explicit imagery accompanies nearly every social networks transition to the mainstream.