Instagram Is Great for Models. It’s Also Good for Predators.

The photographer Marcus Hyde was a rising star: a favorite of Kim Kardashian West, responsible for a Fendi social media campaign, with a million Instagram followers. But this week, multiple women said he had used his growing profile on social media to engage in inappropriate behavior, including soliciting nude photographs from models in exchange for shooting them.

Mr. Hyde’s rise and fall have played out almost entirely on Instagram, revealing just how much the platform, beloved of the fashion and visual art worlds, has enabled bad behavior within those industries. Amid all the conversations around privacy and the dangers of data use, less attention has been paid to the ways social media can be used by predators.

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