Instagram tackles drug adverts

The social media site Instagram, has blocked searches for certain terms and phrases associated with the suspected illegal sale of drugs.

Instagram was asked to respond to an investigation by a new social media series '#BBC Trending', where journalists had uncovered images and videos of narcotics on the site, alongside text advertising their sale.

This was not the first time Instagram's self-policing policies have been questioned however, as back in August the blog suggested that illegal psychedelics 2C-I and 2CB were also being advertised via the app.

A spokeswoman has spoken in connection to the latest measure from the social networking site.

She said: "Instagram has a clear set of rules about what is and isn't allowed on the site. We encourage people who come across illegal or inappropriate content to report it to us using the built-in reporting tools next to every photo, video or comment, so we can take action. People can't buy things on Instagram; we are simply a place where people share photos and videos."

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