How To Not Get Banned On Instagram
SIMPLE THINGS TO AVOID DOING SO YOU DON’T GET LOCKED UP IN INSTAGRAM’S JAIL OR GET BANNED COMPLETELY
Hey! If you’re someone who uses Instagram on a regular basis, you’d probably know that the current Instagram version functions completely different from its previous iterations. Instagram has evolved a lot since its first launch in 2010 and acquisition by Facebook in April 2012. Over the years, the social media platform has continued to review its policies including how its community members interact.
In its early phases, some actions that are now prohibited were grossly overlooked. For instance, there was no particular limit to the number of accounts a user could follow. Neither were there any restrictions to the number of posts one could like or comment.
Today, Instagram can be said to be on a somewhat proactive campaign – becoming so overprotective and anti-spam sensitive that even regular users sometimes get affected by the platform’s tough policies, rules, and restrictions – especially with respect to activities that appear spammy.
So, if you’re on this page, chances are, you wanna equip yourself, or it happened already. You got your ass kicked – your Instagram account is blocked, or banned. And this can be very frustrating, or even annoying, to say the least.
In any case, whether you admit to directly or indirectly using the platform in a spammy way, or you are ‘not guilty’, this article is designed to help you avoid getting blocked or banned on Instagram – permanently or temporarily.
Of course, Instagram has good intentions. It has constantly had to tackle the big problems of spammers and fake accounts since its inception. The only problem, however, is when its pro-activity begins to constantly ‘collide’ with regular, everyday users and their use of the platform; who are just active users with no bad intentions, whatsoever. Here are a few tips for you:
Never Violate Copyright Laws with Your Content (Text, Photos, and Videos):
Always post unique content. You can at least use verified picture banks services. You may also want to make sure the owner is duly informed of sharing their work.
Avoid Using Banned #Hashtags
Banned hashtags are so-classified by Instagram because they either promote nudity and violence, or are contrary to the platform’s guidelines. It also bans hashtags that are constantly abused all the time. An example is the hashtag #boho.
Avoid Using Random IP Addresses or Devices to Access Your Account
If you are in the habit of changing your IP-address or logging into your Instagram account from multiple devices, you’re probably just a few logins from getting blocked.
Account Over-Activity or Inactivity
Instagram is a user-content-generated platform. Your posts as well as those from other users in the community is what makes Instagram super-cool, and perhaps the leading networking medium. So, yes! Regular posting counts. But you shouldn’t overdo it, or your account could get flagged for bot activity which is in violation of its TOS.
Fill In Your Instagram Profile Info Correctly
You probably have no idea how extremely important adding a short bio to your Instagram profile could save you’re a*ss from getting kicked by Instagram. Also, ensure that you use a real profile photo. It tells a lot about the authenticity of your Instagram account.
A No-brainer for Instagram Newbies
Post for yourself, before you start following other users. Generally, I would recommend that you post photos frequently, for, say, 2-3 days at regular intervals. You certainly don’t want to get picked up on by Instagram or blocked for not posting enough. You can thank me later. *winks
Never Cross the ‘Silent’ Lines for “Likes” and “Follow”
Well, it’s a silent rule, which is why you should pay close attention to it or you will definitely get banned:
- Not more than 350 likes in 60 minutes, and
- A maximum of 20 follows within the same period
Avoid Posting Document Photos of Any Kind
Documents such as Insurance Papers, Passport Details, Driver’s License, or credit cards and information about bank accounts would easily trigger the system. So avoid it!
Just because you didn’t get it right the first time doesn’t mean you have come to the end of the road. You probably don’t want to remain ignorant or uncertain about what went wrong. You sure want to know what really went wrong in the first place – how you pissed Instagram off.
Only then can you take specific steps to avoid it, rather than being afraid that you could wake up one day to a banned Instagram account or disallowed from performing certain actions.
Go get something done! Cheers!!
I’M WHITNEY KAY