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Instagram runs problematic ads but avoids scrutiny

May 31, 2018 / Kerry Flynn

The ad was for “Hustle Castle,” a video game that uses the offensive word to describe players on the first level. The studio behind the game, My.com, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why it uses that word. People have also called out Instagram for ads that promote white nationalism and other racist products. Even Instagram itself has created a problematic ad. Instagram used a Guardian reporter’s post about her rape threat to promote the photo-sharing platform on Facebook. Of course, you could blame that on the algorithm.