Instagram won’t say why teen’s dead body still shows up in profile pics despite image blocking tech

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Instagram is taking steps to block users from posting horrific photos of a teen’s body after her brutal murder, but the platform’s filters seem to have blind spots: profile pictures and videos.

Days after heavy backlash for not taking down gruesome photos of Bianca Devins’ body quickly enough, Instagram still struggles to get a handle on content moderation. The upsetting situation is another example of social media companies being ill-prepared to keep up with widespread platform abuse.

Known on Instagram as @escty, Devins was a 17-year-old e-girl who was popular on 4chan and ran a server on Discord with people she had met through the anonymous site. She was murdered on Sunday morning. Photos of her dead body have been heartlessly posted and reposted on social media after her alleged murderer Brandon Andrew Clark, who she’d met online, shared them on his Instagram story and Discord moments after slitting her throat.  Read more…

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