Instagram Shadowban – A game of middle fingers
Since I’ve been struggling with it for the last two weeks, and I’m glad to say it is finally over, let’s talk about Instagram’s shadowban a bit, relating to my experience in particular.
So, why did I get shadowbanned on Instagram?
Two weeks ago, I made my regular post on Instagram (I try to post once every day). The picture was the one you can see on the left and, while I was actually worried about the middle finger, I loved the photo in its entirety. Besides, I had just seen the final episode of Game of Thrones so it kind of reflected my thoughts about the finale.
As I normally do, I created a “New Post” story with the post to notify my followers, also adding the hashtag #menstyle, since in the picture I’m wearing a shirt by Mr. Jason, a brand I collaborate with. A few of my followers even reacted to the story to talk GoT and to tell me they enjoyed the picture, so it mustn’t have been THAT bad.
As I woke up the next day, I noticed the story had been taken off (I had other stories in between, that one was the only one I couldn’t find). So, I figured someone might have reported the story for the middle finger and that that would have been it.
It wasn’t until I posted on the same day that I found out the picture didn’t appear at all on the hashtags I had used. The same was happening for all my previous pictures as well. At this point, I would also like to notice that the story had been removed, but the original post was still there.
What is an Instagram Shadowban?
The term shadowban refers to instances where your posts are not appearing in hashtags search results. Now, Instagram has always been extremely vague, to say the least, about this practice. The social network barely mentions it and even so, at times it has claimed there is no such thing as the shadow ban, and that similar issues could just be caused by a malfunction of the hashtag search algorithm.
Of course, Instagram can pretty much claim whatever it wants, but just searching “shadowban” on google will yield several results, which all mention the same “symptoms” and detail how very real the shadowban actually is.
How do you get out of an Instagram Shadowban?
The answer, my friends, is extremely simple. You don’t. There is no foolproof or sure way to get out of a shadowban. I read on some sites and community boards that staying off the Instagram grid for a couple of days will get you out of it, but it didn’t work for me.
You weather an Instagram shadowban. The ban typically lasts for two whole weeks. Yep, 14 days. If that sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. What you can do is keep posting stories and regular posts to show you’re still active and try to keep your following engaged. If you don’t feel like publishing your regular posts, I can easily understand. Content creation isn’t always easy and it is time consuming at times, so if you’re presently trying to grow your Instagram profile, posting knowing full well your content isn’t going to be seen by anyone new can be quite daunting.
What’s my take away on the Instagram Shadowban?
Honestly, I think it’s a bit too harsh of a punishment, specifically for cases such as mine. Getting shadowbanned for two weeks for a reported story puts a huge strain on the profile and greatly impacts your growth rate. More to the point, getting banned for a middle finger on Instagram, given some of its “riskier” content on many profiles and hashtags does seem like a bit of a stretch.
That being said, let me know if you’ve been shadowbanned as well and what your experience was (or is). Also, if you like my outfit in the big bad picture that was banned, you can find the look on Mr. Jason, use WELCOME5 for a 5% discount on your first purchase!