Have you seen a precipitous and ongoing decline in Instagram likes, comments, and followers? You’re probably here because you’re feeling stuck and need some help getting your account back on track.
No need to fret, though; our manual will walk you through all you need to know to recover your Instagram presence and get “the stats back on track.
What is a Shadowban on Instagram?
When an account’s interaction, reach, or visibility on Instagram suddenly drops for no apparent reason, this is known as a “shadowban” on Instagram. Instagram’s algorithms are suspected of causing this by hiding posts or profiles from users without giving them any advance warning.
When user accounts post content that breaches community norms, most social media sites have comparable self-regulatory processes in place.
Methods for Overcoming Instagram’s Shadowban
Now that you know you’ve been banned in secret, you can take steps to unban yourself.
We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know to have your Instagram account un-shadowbanned, as terrifying as that might seem.
Disable access for any third-party programmes that weren’t specifically permitted
The use of potentially malicious applications is a leading cause of shadowbans, so we’ll start there.
Using software that does not adhere to Instagram’s rules is strictly prohibited.
You need to exercise extreme caution, and in some cases it’s outright forbidden, when using third-party apps or automated bots to “help you with growth” (the ones that generate fake followers, comments, and likes) or apps that go through your followers and tell you who unfollowed you.
Remove any posts that don’t follow Instagram’s rules
The second step is to review what you’ve posted and take down anything that goes against Instagram’s rules.
We realise we’re repeating ourselves, but these points are crucial and we can’t stress them enough.
It is imperative that you delete any posts that include hate speech, sensitive material, spam, or are otherwise in violation of Instagram’s terms of service.
Remove any prohibited hash tags
If your Instagram account has been shadowbanned, one solution is to remove any offensive hashtags from your profile and posts. We did provide how to verify (through the search bar) whether or not a certain hashtag is restricted.
Do your hashtag homework ahead of time so you know which ones to use and which ones to skip.
Also, avoid using broken hashtags or too many of them in a single post.
Get in touch with Instagram’s help desk
Contact Instagram’s help if you’ve already tried the aforementioned methods for your business account and are still experiencing no success.
Here is a detailed tutorial:
- Click the arrow in the upper right corner of your profile to access the menu.
- Just click the “Settings” button.
- Follow that link and select “Help,” and finally.
- Send in a report, and get some help getting the shadowban lifted.
Instagram: How to Avoid Being “Shadowban” (5 Tips)
Here are a few of tried-and-true recommended practises to avoid becoming shadowbanned on Instagram.
Be sure you abide by Instagram’s guidelines
Following Instagram’s guidelines is the easiest and most effective strategy to avoid shadowbans.
However, Instagram has confirmed that anything violating community rules will be deleted off the platform. This is done so that Instagram can remain a “authentic and safe place for inspiration and expression,” as the company puts it.
Keep your Instagram from getting flagged
You don’t have complete say in the matter, but there are some things you should keep in mind to “avoid getting reported.”
Don’t forget to:
Don’t share anything that might be deemed offensive or against Instagram’s rules.
Respect your audience by interacting with them and avoiding spamming tactics like reacting too soon or using bots to generate phoney interaction.
Take away Autobot-using programmes
You should uninstall any programmes that make use of Autobots if you’ve ever gone “down this lane,” because you now know what happens.
Using such a tool is against Instagram’s terms of service and might result in a permanent suspension of your account and a shadowban. It’s time to stop using those auxiliary programmes and put your energy into building your channel naturally (via genuine engagement with your viewers).
Stay away from restricted or prohibited hashtags
Hashtags that have been banned from Instagram have been reported several times by users as being against the site’s community guidelines (yep, it all comes back to following Instagram’s rules).
These postings with certain hashtags had offensive material after being translated.
A “red flag” on Instagram’s end, using a forbidden hashtag will lead to a shadowban.
Publish material that is timely, popular, and interesting
Although this goes without saying, we feel obligated to do so since it is critically vital.
Maintaining a large and engaged Instagram following requires consistently sharing engaging material. It’s not enough to just make information that’s useful; you also need to make stuff that’s popular and interesting.
If you want your material to become viral on Instagram, you need to keep up with the newest trends and encourage your followers to do the same by posting interesting content and responding to it with likes, comments, and shares.
Include a disclaimer when one is necessary
Always utilise a content warning before uploading something potentially offensive or violent.
If your material is particularly sensitive or graphic, a warning will alert your audience and give them the option to go on without being reported.