Instagram has quickly become a very popular social networking outlet. Users love to add as many hashtags as possible to promote and share their pictures. You might be surprised to find some of the hashtags on Instagram are banned. We are not really surprised to see that hashtags such as #sex #nude #fuck #bitches are not in use, as some people might find them offensive, but not all of the hashtags fall into this category.
Plus-size women who want to show off their style on Instagram are out of luck if they want to use the hashtag #curvy. Instagram has blocked this hashtag stating, the tag was being used to share photos that violate the platform’s rules about nudity.
Even #Photography, which seems to be a rather general hashtag, is banned. Instagram wants users to use more specific terms from now on.
It makes total sense that #boobs and #penis should be weeded out but why would these normal tags like #IG and #photography disappear too? I see those tags on my Instagram every single day?
The reason these tags don’t exist to Instagram is because they’re too generic.
We’ve stopped serving feeds (both in app and API) for some tags that were too generic and didn’t provide enough end-user value.” -Instagram cofounder Mike Kreiger
News about the recent ban of the hashtag #EDM —a common abbreviation for electronic dance music— started to circulate today, prompting speculation that it was caused by the recent drug-related deaths at HARD Summer. Announced this morning alongside their latest move to monetize with Instagram advertising API, their reasoning is non-specific but points a heavy finger at pictures involving drug use or nudity. Relating their statement to a previous hashtag ban of “#curvy,” which “was being used to share content that violates our guidelines around nudity,” Instagram goes on to state that they…
“block certain hashtags when they are consistently being used to share images and videos that violate our Community Guidelines.”
By blocking specific hashtags, Instagram says they’re both protecting users and — unlike Tumblr or Twitter, who don’t proactively prohibit but do remove offensive content after the fact — steering the culture of the site by refusing to perpetuate pornographic and otherwise offensive or damaging pictures.
How do you feel about this ?