Instagram : Exploitation (Child Exploitation / Human Trafficking / Wildlife Exploitation )


Child Exploitation

What should I do if I see images that sexually exploit children (example: pornography) on Instagram?

Posting, sharing or downloading images that sexually exploit children for any reason can be criminal. We report all apparent child pornography to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

If you ever see this type of content on Instagram:

  • Don’t share it or comment on it.
  • Report it to us by using the built-in reporting options.
  • Notify the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children using the CyberTipline.

If you think an image or video is spreading “virally,” please report it instead of sharing or commenting on it.

Important: Never download or save this content for any reason. You will not be asked to provide a copy of the image or video in any report.

Human Trafficking

How do I help someone who may be a victim of human trafficking or has shared suspicious posts related to human trafficking?

If you encountered posts that indicate someone is in immediate physical danger related to human trafficking, please contact 911 or local law enforcement for help.

To learn more about the signs of human trafficking, visit or contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 to learn about local resources and discuss options.

If you’re a victim of human trafficking or would like resources to share with a potential victim, please review the following resources:

Wildlife Exploitation

How do I learn more about wildlife exploitation?

Environmental Considerations

Whether you’re trying to capture a perfect photo or take a selfie, we encourage you to be mindful of the environment around you. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment when you’re surrounded by nature’s beauty, but risking damage to the environment—whether it’s walking on wildflowers, moving a nest or carving initials—is never worth a few likes.

Interactions with Wild Animals

We also encourage you to be mindful of your interactions with wild animals, and consider whether an animal has been smuggled, poached or abused for the sake of tourism. For example, be wary when paying for photo opportunities with exotic animals, as these photos and videos may put endangered animals at risk.

Instagram works with wildlife groups to identify and take action on photos or videos that violate our community guidelines, such as posts depicting animal abuse, poaching or the sale of endangered animals and their parts.

To learn more about endangered wildlife and exploitation, visit:

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