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[Updated March 2020] Everything You Need To Know About Instagram Banned Hashtags

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[Updated March 2020] Everything You Need To Know About Instagram Banned Hashtags

Originally written Feb. 21, 2018. Last updated March 2020.

Being shadow banned on Instagram was a controversy last year. Some influencers consider that the shadow banning is just a theory and there is no categorical proof that this is happening on Instagram.

However, when it comes to hashtags there are some weird things going on.

In this article, I’m going to show you everything you need to know about the Instagram banned hashtags in 2020 and how to get back to normal.

These hashtags were manually examined using the steps described below. If you're planning to use hashtags which have million of posts, make sure you check them before.

Let's dive in!

Ps: in case you missed our latest study about the placement of hashtags on Instagram, you can download it here πŸ‘‡

The complete list of banned hashtags in 2020

  1. Why does Instagram block hashtags?
  2. How to view blocked hashtags on Instagram in 2020
  3. How to hide hashtags on Instagram
  4. The complete list of banned hashtags in 2020
  5. Tips to avoid being blocked by Instagram

1. Why does Instagram block hashtags?

Hashtags are very important in leading people to your account. But there are a number of Instagram hashtags that were banned lately.

Although you may not know it, using any of the shadow banned hashtags can easily result in your Instagram account being blocked.

Failure to follow the Instagram Community Guidelines is what might just result in your hashtag being blocked.

Instagram reserved its right to not showing up top or recent posts for a particular Instagram hashtag page.

Here are the reasons for banned Instagram hashtags in 2020:

  • Sharing photos or videos you didn’t take or for which you have no right to share.
  • Posting photos or videos that contain nudity in the form of genitals, intercourse, and full-buttock close-ups.
  • Avoiding comments, likes, follows or shares by bots and making repetitive contact with people for commercial purposes.
  • Using the platform to participate in hate groups, organized crime, and terrorism. Advertising sexual services, buying and selling firearms and illicit drugs is a no-no.
  • Blatant show of disrespect for other members of Instagram. This involves posting content with hate speech, threats or that which is meant to shame or degrade private individuals.
  • Posting content that glorifies self-inflicted injury.
  • Posting graphic pictures or videos of newsworthy events that have no captions or warning about its content.

2. How to view shadow banned hashtags on Instagram

All Instagram users should avoid using banned hashtags in 2020. Here's how to search if a hashtag is blocked or not:

  • Go to the Explore' tab.
  • Type the hashtag in the search bar.
  • If you get the message below, that hashtag can be considered banned, and it may not show the related posts.

3. How to hide hashtags on Instagram

Not everyone wants their hashtags to remain visible once they have posted on Instagram. The desire to use more than one hashtag is to blame for that.

If you don’t want your hashtags to appear cluttered, inauthentic, or spammed consider hiding them. The following tips can be of great help:

  • Tap on a text editor on your phone to open it. Whether you use an iOS or Android phone, you should have a Notes’ app.
  • After typing a dot, press the Return’ icon. Repeat that five time.
  • Type your hashtag right next to the fifth dot.
  • Before opening the Instagram app, copy the text you typed.
  • Once the app is open, go ahead and post a photo. Give it an appropriate caption.

4. The complete list of banned hashtags in 2020

Here's a list of banned hashtags in 2020:


  • alone
  • assday



  • costumes
  • curvygirls


  • date
  • dating
  • desk
  • dm


  • elevator


  • graffitiigers



  • iphonegraphy
  • italiano



  • master
  • models
  • mustfollow


  • nasty
  • newyearsday


  • petite
  • pornfood
  • pushups


  • saltwater
  • shit
  • shower
  • single
  • singlelife
  • skype
  • snap
  • snapchat, but #snapchatπŸ‘» works
  • snowstorm
  • sopretty
  • stranger
  • streetphoto
  • sunbathing
  • swole


  • tag4like
  • tanlines
  • teens
  • thought


  • undies


  • valentinesday


  • workflow

5. Tips to avoid being blocked by Instagram

It is easy to fall prey to your own user habits on Instagram. If you are not careful, you can easily get banned on this social networking site or to see that your engagement has been dropped.

One of the things you should never do is use Instagram shadow baneed hashtags for 2020. If your account was blocked, here’s a list with tips to avoid being blocked by Instagram

  • Remove broken or abused hashtags. Don’t make assumptions. You need to go through all your hashtags. Don’t leave out any. Sift through from one after the other to ensure that none of them is limited by Instagram.

  • 30 hashtags are too many. It's been suggested to use 5 -10 tags only. And also, use different tags for each post and branded hashtags.

  • Pods/Engagement groups could have adverse effects. Instagram has developed a way to understand if you use pods.

  • Are you one of those people who use bots for liking or commenting? Remember that spamming with your account is reason enough for it to be blocked.

  • You have tried all these suggestions, but the problem persists. What do you do? The only option you have is to make report it to Instagram. They will know what to do.

  • Take an organic approach to growing your following. Using bots or purchasing followers will likely hurt your account in the long run.

Final thought

From the list of the Instagram shadow banned hashtags in 2020, it is clear that you need to do a lot of due diligence before posting anything.

Some of the banned hashtags in 2020 might appear on the list temporarily while others are permanently broken.

If you go ahead to use banned hashtags, your account might just receive a 'shadowban', penalty or block from Instagram.

If you have some hashtags, using a banned one can only render the rest ineffective. It is, therefore, important that you check if a hashtag is banned from using it.

If you know other hashtags, let me in the comments and I'll update the list.

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Adina Jipa

Adina Jipa

co-founder @ Socialinsider

Making successful mistakes as a co-founder @socialinsider. I love writing about social media strategies, psychology & consumer behavior.

[Updated March 2020] Everything You Need To Know About Instagram Banned Hashtags