COMPLETE LIST OF BANNED HASHTAGS ON INSTAGRAM
Instagram has some strict rules about hashtag abuse, and they have a collection of banned hashtags that if you use could cause serious problems for your account. Any hashtag that is offensive, spammy or overused may be added to the ‘no-no,’ list and if you use it, it will either result in your image appearing in fewer search results, or not show up in any search results at all. A completely banned hashtag may get you shadowbanned!
Related: What is A Shadowban?
DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE LIST OF BANNED INSTAGRAM HASHTAGS
Nick Drew, a writer from The Data Pack who compiled this list of banned hashtags says “Instagram appears to have changed the way it censors hashtags now. There are two levels of censorship. Hashtags can either have an outright block, and return no results, or a sort of ‘soft,’ often more temporary censorship with around 30 results.”
You can download the list of banned or restricted Instagram hashtags below. Warning: Some of the words may be offensive to some readers. Many of the words are slang or curse words, as you would expect to be banned. Interestingly enough, there are many harmless-seeming words (#kansas, #newyears, ) that are banned too!
What could happen if you use any of these hashtags? If you use any of these hashtags your post will not appear in search results, and your account may be targeted for a shadowban.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’VE BEEN SHADOWBANNED?
Log into Instagram from a different account, which doesn’t follow your account, then look up one of your recent hashtags. If your image doesn’t show up in that hashtag’s search results when viewing from a different account, there is a good chance you have been shadowbanned.
Alternatively, you could ask someone who isn’t following you to check if your posts appear for them via their account.
You can also use this free Instagram Shadowban Tester to check if your account has been shadowbanned. This tool will quickly tell you if your posts appear or not.
HOW TO GET UN-SHADOWBANNED, AND HOW TO AVOID BEING SHADOWBANNED IN THE FUTURE
If you have been shadowbanned, the good news is there are a few ways to un-shadowban yourself, and ways to prevent yourself from being shadowbanned in the future. See my step-by-step guide on how to un-shadowban yourself here.
As a rule, never use a banned hashtag. It can be hard to know if a hashtag is banned, as new hashtags are banned often, so I recommend using the Tailwind Hashtag Finder App. This tool will suggest the best hashtags to use on a post, and steer you away from using any banned ones.
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