Have you been affected by the Instagram Shadow Ban & how to avoid it…

Shadow Ban is an act by Instagram of blocking a user from an online community such that the user does not realise that they have been banned.

The phrase has been thrown around a lot, but many don’t actually understand what it is – and if they’ve actually been affected by the Instagram Shadowban or if they’re just struggling with really low engagement.

Instagrams customer support is notoriously nonexistent. So here’s a breakdown of everything we know about the Instagram Shadowban:

How do you know you’ve been affected by the Instagram Shadowban?
You would notice a dramatic decrease in engagement on your images, and the people who are liking & commenting on your image would be those who already follow you.

What would cause an Instagram Shadowban?

1. Using Bots, Automated services and Buying Followers.
How would they know? One minute your device is getting picked up in the UK (where your IP address is) then next minute you’re using your phone in Chicago with another IP address. This straight away raises red flags and looks suspicious.

2. Using the same hashtags continuously – If you’re always using the same hashtags for extended periods of time Instagram might think you’re being a little spammy. Collab Media always recommend to keep your hashtags fresh and change your tags up.

3. Surges of activity – If you suddenly go on a follow (or un-follow) spree, or like a whole group of images all at once.

4. Using Banned Hashtags
How do you know if you’re using a banned hashtag? If you click on this hashtag, there is no ‘top posts’ section, and you won’t be able to scroll past the first page of images – you’ll find it has been limited. – Find the list of banned hashtags HERE 

How to fix if you’ve been affected by a Shadowban:

1. Ease up on Instagram activity for a little while.
Within 24-48 hours of returning to a ‘normal level of activity,’ everything usually returns to normal.

2. Check your hashtags, are you mixing them up regularly, or are you unaware that you’re using a banned hashtag?

3. Have you been using Automation/bots? THEN STOP!

Banned Hashtag Feed


In conclusion

If you’re using Instagram and not behaving ‘like a bot’, doing masses of activity all at once and checking your hashtags regularly, we’ve seen no evidence so far that your account will be hit with an Instagram Shadowban, so don’t panic!

We do know that Instagram changes their algorithm regularly and we can see changes to our engagement from time to time and could explain a drop in engagement, so understand how engagement is a more important metric to spend time growing.

Banned Hashtags on Instagram that could lead to your account getting Shadow banned!

Recently there have been over 60,000 banned hashtags! In some cases, using one of these banned hashtags in your ‘set’ could make the post become undiscoverable, as in being ‘Shadowbanned’. By using ONE banned hashtag in your Instagram post, currently, makes ALL of your hashtags undiscoverable for that post? Yikes!

Have you noticed a drop in your Instagram engagement?
A large number of the insta community were having trouble with a dropping engagement rate, something they hadn’t seen since the beginning of the new algorithm where chronological feeds were removed.

Why is Instagram banning them?
Believe it or not, Instagram has been doing a top job recently of cleaning up their platform! Not only have they been banning and closing Instagram Automation tools, they’ve also been removing more and more pornographic images that sneak into innocent Hashtag streams.

Their customer service is already notoriously non-existent so our guess is they needed a better way to automate dealing with complaints and making the platform safer, less pornographic – and quickly.

Here’s a list of currently banned hashtags on Instagram, a lot you’d be surprised with!

#dogsofinstagram
#boho
#costumes
#tanlines
#humpday
#tgif
#brain
#saltwater
#petitie
#curvy
#singlelife
#thebaligroom
#elevator
#astreetphoto
#books
#meme
#newyears
#todayimwearing
#snapchat
#skype
#sallyhansen
#shesquats
#pushups
#easter
#curvy
#kindredparents
#dedicationstudio
#hairychest
#ineedhelplol

Surprised?