Avoid Using These Instagram Banned Hashtags in 2021

A list of Instagram Hashtags to avoid using.

Instagram hashtags are an incredibly powerful business discovery strategy. They allow you to communicate with your follows and be discovered by new ones.

However, Instagram has been cracking down certain hashtags they deem insensitive, fake news, or spamming. Accounts using these hashtags are often flagged as bots and can be suspended, locked, or shadowbanned.

What is Shadowbanning?

The dreaded shadowbanning is when your images and videos shares and posts are no longer showed to Instagram users who don’t follow you. Often, you have no indication you’ve been shadowbanned except for a sharp drop in engagement. It can be devastating to business, revenue, and follower growth.

Hashtags to Avoid in 2021

The list of banned hashtags continually changes. For example, #kanas was banned because it violated Instagram’s policies.

Here is the most current list of hashtags to avoid – some words might be offensive, but that is why they are banned. For your convenience, they are listed as an array so you can easily copy it into your code:

[
      '#abdl',             '#addmysc',         '#adulting',
      '#alone',            '#always',          '#armparty',
      '#asiangirl',        '#ass',             '#assday',
      '#assworship',       '#beautyblogger',   '#besties',
      '#bikinibody',       '#boho',            '#brain',
      '#costumes',         '#curvygirls',      '#date',
      '#dating',           '#desk',            '#direct',
      '#dm',               '#edm',             '#eggplant',
      '#elevator',         '#fuck',            '#girlsonly',
      '#gloves',           '#graffitiigers',   '#happythanksgiving',
      '#hardworkpaysoff',  '#hawks',           '#hotweather',
      '#humpday',          '#hustler',         '#ice',
      '#ilovemyinstagram', '#instababy',       '#instasport',
      '#iphonegraphy',     '#italiano',        '#kansas',
      '#kickoff',          '#killingit',       '#kissing',
      '#lean',             '#leaves',          '#loseweight',
      '#lulu',             '#master',          '#mileycyrus',
      '#milf',             '#mirrorphoto',     '#models',
      '#mustfollow',       '#nasty',           '#newyearsday',
      '#nude',             '#nudism',          '#nudity',
      '#overnight',        '#orderweedonline', '#parties',
      '#petite',           '#pornfood',        '#prettygirl',
      '#pushups',          '#rate',            '#ravens',
      '#saltwater',        '#samelove',        '#selfharm',
      '#sexy',             '#single',          '#singlelife',
      '#skateboarding',    '#skype',           '#snap',
      '#snapchat',         '#snowstorm',       '#sopretty',
      '#stranger',         '#streetphoto',     '#sunbathing',
      '#swole',            '#shower',          '#shit',
      '#tag4like',         '#tagsforlikes',    '#tanlines',
      '#thighs',           '#todayimwearing',  '#teens',
      '#teen',             '#thought',         '#undies',
      '#valentinesday',    '#workflow',        '#wtf',
      '#xanax',            'youngmodel'
 ]

As more banned hashtags become known, we’ll add them.

Automatically Filter Out Banned Hashtags

A great way to automatically filter out banned Instagram hashtags is by posting via Ayrshare’s API. We have built a post verification system that checks all posts before sending to the social networks. This helps you stay in the networks’ good graces and follow their guidelines. We check for things such as duplicate posts, too many mentions, and of course banned hashtags.

Find out more about Ayrshare’s Social Posting API.