26 Comments

  1. Beth

    OH MY GOSH. Yes, the EXACT thing is what I’ve been dealing with since last Thursday, March 23. I got a notification someone was trying to log in overseas last Monday, March 20 and changed my password but never said I logged in overseas. I’m launching a new business and this is essentially F-ing me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ One question, I have a 2nd account, and it has a different email address, but the same phone number. Will that trigger the same shadowban?

    1. Camryn Rabideau

      Hey Beth, so sorry this happened to you too! I’ve read a lot of people that have a similar experience with an attempted overseas hack in the last week or so. You’d think the company would realize the pattern!

      From everything I’ve read, your second account shouldn’t be effected, but you might want to check it just in case. As a precaution, I would probably “unlink” them on your phone (if you have them linked to toggle back and forth quickly).

      Let me know if you have any updates! Us small biz ladies have to stick together!

  2. Yen

    I have been shadow banned a few days ago ,I assume, from editing a post 3 timea in a row. It sucks. I think my ig in general is bugged as I can’t even remove or edit the picture that got me banned (I can do it on all my other posts). Instagram doesn’t get back to you. I guess all one can do is wait. I’ve red success stories after people temporarily disable their accounts for a week or so. I have not tried it yet. I’m just doing the act normal thing and I bug ig “support” every so often. It’s been 5 days now.

    1. Camryn Rabideau

      Hey Yen, that’s interesting that you can’t remove the image that triggered the ban. Perhaps you can report that to IG as some sort of bug?

      I’m also trying to “act normal” too. I recently found an article (link below) that makes me think posting like normal and/or sending lots of messages to support may be the best route. Let me know if that ends up working for you.

      Some further reading:
      http://prestigeonlinewritingservices.blogspot.com/2017/03/instagram-shadowbanned-follow-these-tips.html

  3. Abby

    I’ve been shadow banned for 3 months now. Been googling for solution and none of them works. Reporting account was hacked doesn’t work. Instagram took a week to “settle” the issue. I even logged out of the account for 2 weeks and it doesn’t reset anything. I’m now acting normal and it doesn’t work too. Everyday I lodge several reports hoping one day Instagram would read it.

  4. Paulina

    Have been experiencing shadow ban for a few months. Being a designer, I’ve been posting my creative content at my private account. Then I noticed decreasing of likes and views even from my followers. Turned out, my posts were rarely shown in their feed, hashtags didn’t work at all. At the end, on 22 of March I’ve been logged out of my account, and since then I have no access to it. Sms verification code never comes, but what is more strange is the fact that launching screen is from the old “blue” instagram. No assistance from them. Started a new account to check hashtags visibility: the issue does still exist. Won’t be back to instagram, it’s just too frustrating to start from scratch…

  5. Yishyene C

    I’ve been banned for over 2 weeks now.. or more, I’m not entirely sure.

    It’s incredibly frustrating as I’ve put in so much time and effort into my account, which I’ve had since.. 2010!!

    Still no resolution in sight. Honestly I really don’t know what to do.

    1. Camryn Rabideau

      Right there with you, Yishyene. I am still experiencing this problem, despite trying all the “fixes” people suggest.

      From what I’ve read, there was a spike in bans over the last few weeks for whatever reason. Instagram actually addressed the problem here (https://www.facebook.com/instagramforbusiness/posts/1046447858817451), but their response was basically to stop relying on hashtags so much. So frustrating!

      Your account looks awesome, though! You’ve got a new follower in me ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Mel A

    Interesting read, i have noticed in the past weeks my likes drop substantially so checked your theory and u r correct. I had at one stage changed from a personal account to a business account and noticed the drop thrn, so i changed back to personal but no improvement. Have no idea when it happened exactly.

  7. Hanna

    Hello,

    Thank you so much for sharing this article! I was shadowbanned too and now tried less hashtags. I am a blogger with over 40k followers and this has been so frustrating, especially because I haven’t done anything wrong. The worst part is that I am sure that my shadow ban started after I was taking a break for personal reasons from IG… so it is literally the opposite of what it should do!!

    Thanks a lot for sharing your insight with us!

    Hanna

  8. Di Michelle

    I was shadowbanned for about a month. I stopped using hashtags and then the ban was lifted yesterday. Yesterday and today I used the hashtags again to increase my traffic back up to my old numbers, and I was banned again! I never use bots, and I’m quite annoyed. I wonder if this second ban will be lifted, or if it will be permanent.

    1. Camryn Rabideau

      Well that sucks! I’ve read that certain “spammy” hashtags can trigger the ban (things like #like4like or #picoftheday), so you might want to go through the ones you use and root out any suspect ones. Also, some people seem to think that using the same hashtags every time can trigger a shadowban, so I try to switch mine up with every post. Fingers crossed that you can beat the ban again!

  9. Anonymous

    Hi,
    We’re a company and we think our account might have been shadow banned. Do you think post promotion may help remove the ban?

    1. Camryn Rabideau

      I’m really not sure! I haven’t read of anyone trying it — but I guess it’s worth a shot! Even if it doesn’t work, you’ll at least be able to increase your engagement. Good luck, and let us know if you try it!

  10. Celso Diniz

    Hi Camryn, yes, I’ve been and the only thing I did get shadow-banned, not sure when, nor why, but it’s been a while I noticed something was wrong. I did create an account a new account and checked and I was banned. Then I turned by business account into personal account and apparently there is no ban anymore. I actually created a blog just now to post the details, screen shots, etc… IT SUCKS. http://celsodinizphoto.com/blog/

  11. Kristopher J Roller

    Do you have an idea if the shadow ban is harder if youve been doing a lot of hashtags for a long period of time? Or does length of spammy activity not matter when you take a week (or more) long break from insta

    1. Camryn Rabideau

      Hey Kristopher, I don’t think that would impact it. I had been using lots of hashtags (usually 30 per post) for a year plus before I was banned, and I’ve been using them since!

  12. Laura

    I am currently shadowbanned and hoping it will be lifted soon! But I am curious if you know what to expect after the ban is lifted? Do old posts show up again with the hashtags that were used in them or only new posts?

    1. Camryn Rabideau

      Hi Laura, when my ban was finally lifted, I didn’t get any new engagement with the pictures I posted during the ban.

      My thought that even if these old posts do show up on hashtag pages, they probably show up in chronological orderโ€”in other words, they’ll be sorted far down the page with other posts shared on that dateโ€”as opposed to at the top like new posts. Does that make sense? Basically, I wouldn’t expect old posts to perform well. You can always delete and repost, though!

  13. Manan

    I have been shadow banned twice by Instagram for 02 different accounts of mine. Reason – Unknown. How to get it Ban lifted – Unknown. Whom to contact – Unknown. I feed highly depressed and victimised by this. My hastags don’t showup and in hashtag pool and my followers are leaving me because my newer posts are getting 1/10th likes now. I am desperate and depressed both at once. Don’t know what to do.

    Both the times one strange thing happened which is common to both the Bans.My both accounts were having verified phone numbers. However just before banning me, both the time Instagram asked me to ‘verify my phone number through OTP’ again and as soon as I entered correct OTP sent on my phone I got banned. This is frustrating to say the least. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  14. Janine Ramos

    oh my goodness. That is exactly what is happening to me. My engagement has plummeted. I now get only 1/3 of the usual likes before. And as a matter of fact, I could barely get that 1/3 of likes. ๐Ÿ˜” It’s so frustrating because as a blogger, the sponsors would see the engagement drop and think I’m not effective anymore. I don’t know how to fix it. ๐Ÿ˜ญ Thanks for posting this. It made me feel not alone.

    1. Camryn Rabideau

      Isn’t it just horrible?! Don’t despair though, really! I would recommend to just stop posting for a week. You’ll probably lose some followers, but you’ll get new ones once the ban is lifted and hashtags work again. Stay positive! ๐Ÿ’ž

  15. ten79ryuu

    Hello, camryn. I got some issues like all of you. I trying to stop posting for a month, but still- I got hardly to upload any videos. Is there any solutions to get remove from this shadow-banned? I really need help. I don’t want to lose my account esp my followers ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    1. Camryn Rabideau

      Hey! If you’ve tried not posting for a week+ and aren’t seeing results, I would recommend checking your hashtags to make sure none are spammy and retriggering the ban. Further, you might reach out to IG support (just don’t expect a response). I’ve read that some people got their bans lifted by repeatedly reporting the problem every day until it was fixed. Good luck!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s