The Banned #Hashtags Of Instagram


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.


Aaron W. Jaco

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.

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