Mashable: Facebook used as a platform to promote dog fighting, report finds

Mashable: Facebook used as a platform to promote dog fighting, report finds . “The report, published by animal rights organisation Lady Freethinker, highlights how dog fighting content is easily found on the platform, and how the company has failed to enforce its own policies against the practice. Between Oct. 2018 and Feb. 2019, the organisation found 2,000 posts which promoted dogfighting or trafficking animals used for fighting, more than 150 pages, groups and profiles actively involved in the practice, plus 160,563 members in the top five pages and groups.”

Nipples Are Banned, but Animal Abuse and Brutal Violence Are OK: Instagram Is Broken (Fstoppers)

Fstoppers: Nipples Are Banned, but Animal Abuse and Brutal Violence Are OK: Instagram Is Broken. “As a photographer absorbed with curating my profile and admiring the work of some amazing artists, it’s not always apparent how much of Instagram is filled with truly terrible things. I’ve written before about how Instagram is a cesspit of populist content that is driven by clicks as opposed to quality. I’ve also complained at length about Instagram’s clear reluctance to combat freebooting on its platform, happy to see content stolen as long as users stay in the app, consuming its adverts. What I failed to realize was how much of Instagram is violent, graphic, and seemingly free of moderation. Around the world, thousands of 13-year-olds will be receiving new electronic devices this Christmas, many of them no doubt opening new Instagram accounts. Terrifyingly, those children, with all the parental controls in place, could in just a few clicks be watching footage of animals being abused, or, as I just discovered, people being executed. In [Mason] Gentry’s experience, reporting this content seems to make little difference.”

Humane Society of the United States: The HSUS sues USDA for failing to release animal welfare records under sunshine law

Humane Society of the United States: The HSUS sues USDA for failing to release animal welfare records under sunshine law. “In February 2017, shortly after the new administration took office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, without prior notice, removed from its website thousands of Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act inspection and enforcement records…. The USDA tried to spin the issue by saying that the public can simply obtain these documents by way of the Freedom of Information Act. But when The HSUS submitted requests last year under FOIA for records of inspections at three puppy mills in Ohio and at the Natural Bridge Zoo in Virginia, where an HSUS undercover investigation discovered serious animal welfare violations, it was months later, and only after a threat to sue the USDA, that we finally received the requested documents. All relevant information, including the inspection dates, the number and species of animals at the facilities, and even the entire substance of the inspection reports (including whether or not there were any apparent AWA violations), was completely blacked out.”

Mashable: Hundreds of Instagram hashtags will now trigger animal abuse alerts

Mashable: Hundreds of Instagram hashtags will now trigger animal abuse alerts. “That selfie with the adorably lazy sloth can have an impact on the animal more than people realize — so starting Monday Instagram is warning users about their photos’ potential link to animal abuse and harm. The photo-sharing social network has hundreds of hashtags in their system that will now trigger a pop-up message when used or searched.”