The user is also given the opportunity to bypass the warning and look photos under the hashtags anyway.
Many of them are illegally taken from the wild or away from their mothers to serve as selfie bait for tourists, and are often kept in appalling conditions. These types of photos have become hard to avoid on social media, where postings have increased by 292 percent since 2014, according to World Animal Protection.
HuffPost reports that starting this week, if you search for common hashtags associated with photos of humans posing with wildlife-for example, #lionselfie-you will be notified that these images generally have some sordid connections. The photo sharing service has introduced new pop-up warnings that will appear when searching for hashtags commonly used to share images of animal exploration and abuse.
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But Instagram is cracking down on the trend after warnings that the animals subjected to photoshoots are the victims of cruelty.
Instagram doesn't plan on revealing all of the hashtags associated with the message so that users can stumble upon it during their searches.
Others may not realize their selfie-obsession is harmful to certain animals, she said - like in August, when a baby dolphin died after beachgoers in southern Spain passed it around for pictures.
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A large group of picture-taking tourists disrupted sea turtles from laying their eggs in Costa Rica is September 2015, while two peacocks died of fright at zoo in China past year after they were roughly handled by visitors.
"The protection and safety of the natural world are important to us and our global community". I think it's important for the community right now to be more aware.
Some people love to take a selfie with just about anything they can, including exotic animals. Each of these things is also regularly shared on Instagram.
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Though there are plenty of people who don't give two shits about the safety of animals when it comes to furthering their brand, Instagram is hoping these notifications will help to educate people who don't know about the negative ramifications of riding an elephant while overseas. He often sticks his arm into their mouths during photos, and treats them as status symbols.