2 Comments

What role does social media have in protecting its users from questionable content? Utilizing the Instagram API and popular hashtag lists, The Data Pack uncovered a large NSFW list of hashtags banned from the platform’s search. They range from inappropriate (#porn) to potentially destructive (#proanorexia), but some simply provide little value to the site, like #photography. Instagram is obviously preventing a role in facilitating porn or abusive subcultures, perhaps to morally police its users for the greater good.

You’re subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

Story posted at: thedatapack.com

  1. igniteimagesuk Monday, September 2, 2013

    Bearing in mind what is banned I wonder why #faggot isn’t?

    Is Instagram homophobic?

  2. I don’t think Instagram is policing morals as much as they are making a strategic decision based on their target audiences, which include teens. Also keep in mind they are owned by and closely tied to Facebook, which has similar content restrictions.

Comments have been disabled for this post