Trigger warning: discussion of self-harm
The following popular hashtags have recently been censored:
The risks of using these hashtags are: you will see not as much engagement with your post, as your potential followers aren’t finding you via hashtags. The other risk is a temporary Shadowban, so proceed with caution.
Instagram will not show you recent posts with these forbidden hashtags. They will only show you a short page of the trending results for that hashtag after showing a warning notice first (which I show an example of later in this post).
Why Has Instagram Censored These Hashtags?
It is believed that some people are promoting distressing images or people seeing them get triggered to feel worst. In the case of an eating disorder and
While I understand why this has happened, to me as a mental health blogger and advocate, I am now unable to reach more potential new followers. Not just myself, but also charities that help mental health
I Carried Out Some Research
For the sake of
I also saw an upsetting photo of an arm with the words ‘I Hate Myself’ cut into it. Another photo was of scissors and a knife with the words ‘when these become your best friends when everyone else left you alone’. So as you can see there is a valid reason for trying to censor the results for this hashtag, especially with vulnerable teenagers who regularly use Instagram.
What Support Is Instagram Offering?
If you search or click the hashtags you will now be redirected to a window that asks if Instagram can help. It offers support through 3 different ways.
If you press ‘get support’ you will see this screen:
- Talk to a friend
2. Talk to a helpline volunteer
As I’m in the UK and seeing UK based charities, I presume if you are in another country you will see charities to contact in your own area.
3. Tips and support to help yourself
As you can see, Instagram is making positive steps to help those who might be feeling down.
Finally, If You Are Looking for Examples of Hashtags That Aren’t Banned:
Example list for Eating Disorder hashtags that are allowed. They
Examples list for mental health that
What do you think of Instagram censoring hashtags? Let me know in the comments.
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