I just joined Instagram a few months ago so I don’t know what they’ve figured out about me. What I do know is
- They’re a division of Facebook,
- When I was on Facebook, I was repeatedly spammed with ads for Russian brides and hot Asian singles near me,
- Flagging the ads as “not relevant” or “offensive” did not affect what Facebook showed me.
Essentially, advertisers pay for targeted impressions, and Facebook / Instagram deliver them to the advertiser. I left Facebook in May of 2010 after about nine months.
I wish I knew a workaround; I joined Instagram mostly to see what my friends are up to — I rarely post a photo. But if I start getting inundated with offensive ads, I’ll just leave.