How to Tell if You're Shadow Banned on Instagram

How to Tell if You're Shadow Banned on Instagram

Over the past month or so, the internet has been flooded by reports of Instagram ‘shadow banning’ accounts.

The term “shadow ban”—also called “stealth” or “ghost” banning—refers to banning an account without the admin knowing it. From their perspective, everything seems normal, but no one can see the photos, comments, or videos they’re posting. This practice, ostensibly limited to business accounts, is destroying engagement on these profiles.

These Instagram “bans” seem to be limited to the tagging system. According to several reader reports, and confirmed with screenshots posted by PetaPixel, their images are no longer visible on Instagram’s hashtag pages when the page is viewed by someone who does not follow their account. 

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In the first photo, you see the original photo complete with the two hashtags #soexcited and #howheasked. This photo is visible on those hashtag pages… as long as you’re the person who posted the photo. However, when the photographer logged in using a new account, her image is suddenly gone, no longer visible under “recent,” as you can see from screenshots 2.

Are you seeing a decline in your posts engagements? You might be shadow banned or you might just be being ignored. Here's how to tell...

How to Tell if You're Shadow Banned on Instagram

There's a website called Instagram Shadowban Tester and it is super easy to use. Simply provide an Instagram username or a direct URL to a photo on Instagram and it will check to see whether the content is still publicly visible.

It is is, great! You're not banned. If it is, I'm so sorry for your loss. 

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No one knows how the internal algorithm works other than Instagram. But if you’re curious about whether Instagram has shadowbanned you, head over to the Instagram Shadowban Tester and find out for yourself.

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