Banned hashtags July 2021

Banned hashtags July 2021

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What are banned hashtags?

Not everyone is aware of Instagram's list of banned hashtags.

There are two possible reasons why a hashtag might be banned:
1. Instagram associates it with a topic that is deemed inappropriate for the platform.
2. The hashtag was targeted by spammers recently, so Instagram had to ban it temporarily to limit spammed content.

You'd think that only the obvious profane hashtags are banned, but you'd be wrong. Hashtags like #desk or #parrot sound perfectly fine yet are still banned. #desk or #parrot were likely banned due to spammers targeting these tags.

It's best to make sure you are not accidentally including a banned hashtag under your post. I'll show you how to check a hashtag for yourself, and will list all the non-profane hashtags that are currently banned on Instagram.

If you use any of the banned hashtags on your post, the post will be hidden from the explore tab, and its overall reach greatly reduced. This is also called a shadowban.

Back in 2019, when a post had 10 hashtags and one of them was banned, the post got removed from all other hashtag pages. Although this is no longer happening in 2021, using banned hashtags still greatly reduces the organic reach of your post.

Unlike normal hashtags, banned hashtags don't have a hashtag page of their own. Try searching for #kickoff on Instagram and see for yourself!


What happens if you use a banned hashtag?

Your post will upload without an issue, and you will still be able to see it when looking up any of its hashtags.

However, after a couple of days you'll notice that reach is reduced by 30-70%, and you're getting significantly less engagement than normal.

How to check if a hashtag is banned?

On Desktop

Step 1. Log in to instagram.com, and enter #yourhastag into the search bar.

Step 2. What happens next determines if the hashtag is banned or not:

- Hashtag loads up with Follow button and Top posts - Hashtag is not banned. ✅




- Frozen loading bar: Banned hashtag ❌

- The hashtag cannot be found on Instagram: Banned hashtag ❌

- Message pops up: Banned hashtag ❌. These pop up with hashtags Instagram associates with self harm or sensitive topics - yikes!



On Mobile



Step 1: Open the Instagram app and enter #yourhastag into the search bar.

What happens next determines if the hashtag is banned or not:

- Hashtag loads up with Follow button and Top posts - Hashtag is not banned. ✅



- A "Simple" (right) hashtag page loads up with no way to follow the hashtag, or cycle between Top and Recent Posts: Banned hashtag ❌



- The hashtag cannot be found on Instagram: Banned hashtag ❌



List of banned hashtags

Pro-tip: click Ctrl/cmd + F to search for a banned hashtag on this list.


Hashtags starting with A

#abdl 

#addme

#addmyonlyfans

#addmysc

#adult

#adultbaby

#adulting

#africangirl

#afterdark

#alone

#always

#armparty

#asiangirl

#ass

#assday

Hashtags starting with B

#babe

#babyrp

#bacak

#beautyblogger

#besties

#bikinibody

#boho

#brain

Hashtags starting with C

#costumes

#curvygirls

Hashtags starting with D

#date

#dating

#desk

#direct

#dm

Hashtags starting with E

#edm

#eggplant

#elevator

#englishgirl

#exotic

Hashtags starting with F

#freak

Hashtags starting with G

#gas

#germanblogger

#girlsonly

#gloves

#graffitiigers

Hashtags starting with H

#happythanksgiving

#hardworkpaysoff

#hawks

#hotweather

#hustler

Hashtags starting with I

#ice

#ig

#ilovemyinstagram

#instababy

#instasport

#iphonegraphy

#italiano

Hashtags starting with K

#kansas

#kansas 

#kickoff

#killingit

#kissing

#kissing  

Hashtags starting with L

#lean

#leaves

#like

#lulu

Hashtags starting with M

#master

#mileycyrus

#milf

#mirror

#mirrorphoto

#models

#mustfollow

Hashtags starting with N

#nasty

#newyearsday

#nofood

Hashtags starting with O

#overnight

Hashtags starting with P

#parrot

#parties

#perks

#petite

#poop

#pornfood

#prettygirl

#protruth

#publicfight

#pushups

Hashtags starting with R

#rack

#rate

#ravens

#reel

#reptilesofig

#robitussin

Hashtags starting with S

#saltwater

#samelove

#scar

#selfharm

#sexworker

#shit

#shower

#single

#singlelife

#skateboarding

#skype

#snap

#snapchat

#snowstorm

#sopretty

#stranger

#streetphoto

#sunbathing

#swole

Hashtags starting with T

#tag4like

#tagsforlikes

#tanlines

#teen

#teens

#thought

#todayimwearing

Hashtags starting with U

#undies

Hashtags starting with V

#valentinesday

Hashtags starting with W

#workflow

Hashtags starting with Y

#youngmodel

#youngmodel 

Updated July 2021

Reminder: Always check your hashtags for banned hashtags before you use them!


Now you can go ahead and use what you learned here to avoid banned hashtags for good.