Creepy Instagram user says he won’t stop

Just days after News 8 helped get a troubling Instagram page stop working, the creator said he had came back to the social media platform.


The mother, whose son’s image ended up on the page that was taken down, said she is stunned the user vowed to continue stealing and posting footage of young boys.


Andrea Van Wagner detected the user name @ilikestrongkids50 sort of a picture of her nine-year-old son on her professional Instagram page. She was mortified to search out her son and some of his wrestling buddies amidst all the other footage of young boys.


“It is a little alarming that they know who I’m and who my son is, and that I don’t have any idea who they’re,” she said.


News 8 reached out to Instagram to research what they are doing to prevent this kind of content.


Van Wagner messaged the user after she found him using another account, and on Friday, she received an angry message from him. The user wrote he wasn’t planning to stop and that he was not the only one.


“He simply messaged back, ‘oh, well. I simply made up another account. You can’t stop me. You can’t stop me and there’s numerous other people who do the same thing.’”


Van Wagner said she already knew others were doing the same thing, however before being blocked from his account; she scoured the user’s followers and discovered a network of creepy Instagram users using hashtags like #cuteboys and #youngboys to share content.


News 8 reached out to Instagram and a representative said the social media giant will have several measures in place to stop child exploitative material.


For example, Instagram uses:


Integrated photograph DNA, a technology that scans all pictures on Instagram and flags known kid exploitative material therefore it can quickly remove content. Uses technology which proactively detects kid nudity and antecedently unknown child exploitative content once it’s uploaded. Instagram manually reviews this content, and if it violates their policies they’re going to report it to NCMEC and take away the account in question. NCMEC works with law enforcement agencies around the world to assist victims.


Still, with at least some of these accounts apparent to fly under the radar, Van Wagner wishes more could be done.