Has your Instagram engagement dropped, follower count declined, or your photos are not showing up in hashtags? You might be a victim of the mysterious Instagram shadowban — and you might not even know it. But most likely your behavior has caught the attention of Instagram’s algorithm and spam filters.
In the past few months, a growing number of users have been affected by the Instagram shadowban—and it’s killing their engagement!
Never heard of a shadowban? A shadowban hides your Instagram posts from users who don’t follow you, which can be detrimental to growing your account and getting more followers.
The Shadowban exist to discourage users from a specific kind of behavior—like spammy, inappropriate, and abusive behavior also classified as toxic behaviour. This is especially relevant to users that utilise bots, some automated software and other black hat strategies which Instagram explicitly bans.
What to do to avoid the shadowbanned
- Avoid using Bots!
Instagram recently updated it’s algorithm to be tougher on bots, including bots that auto-like, auto-comment, and bots that grow your followers. If you use any kind of mass automation or bot-like software on your account, there’s a good chance that
a) Instagram knows, and
b) you’re going to be shadowbanned.
- Avoid a massive surge in your activity
If you weren’t aware, there are limits on how many photos you can like, comments you can leave, and accounts you can follow or unfollow per hour / day etc. (unfortunately, no one outside of Instagram can tell you for certain the exact numbers)
- The shadowban might be triggered by the use of notorious or repeat hashtags– so avoid using them!
- The most simplist advice… just act like a human and not a bot and remember to be a valuable part of the community and you won’t have to be worried about a thing.
What do you think about the shadowban- good or bad?