Sorry, dope fiends. Instagram is no longer allowing searches for terms associated with selling drugs through the app, the BBC reports.
Normally, Instagram only reprimands users for drug-related content if their posts are reported as being inappropriate, the BBC says. The company believes it’s “impractical and invasive” to search for, say, kids at music festivals pushing molly via hashtag.
But now, Instagram is blocking searches for hashtags that could be used for buying and selling drugs. The measure, BBC reports, is being taken because of a BBC investigation into drug use on the social network. Guess druggies will now have to leave their houses to find dealers like they did in the olden days.
In that investigation, the BBC found photos of pills and marijuana with captions like, “$2 a pop for xans, $10 a pop for roxys.” Most of the purchases are finalized via WhatsApp or Kik, instant messaging apps that allow users to remain anonymous. So it’s only a matter of time before 45-year-old narcs start creating Kik accounts with totally realistic young person screennames like BieberLuver93.