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. 😦 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:

  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 πŸ™‚

  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.

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