If you’ve been shadowbanned by Instagram, that means that Instagram is blocking your images from showing up in the hashtag feeds. Only your current followers will be able to see your images in the hashtag feeds, which means that the reach of your account is greatly reduced and you have few chances of being seen by a new audience.

Some of the reasons that Instagram might shadowban an account:

  • Using bots or automation services that violate Instagram’s terms of use
  • Using the same set of hashtags over and over with no variety
  • Surges of activity: The allowable amount of activity can vary per account but an example would be that you shouldn’t exceed 150-200 likes, 60 comments, and 60 follows/unfollows per hour. Instagram poses these limits in order to cut down on bot activity.
  • Using banned or broken hashtags
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