Instagram blocks or censors the search results of hundreds of hashtags. We have assembled a list of the banned tags, and it is both strange and hilarious.
I was pleased to stumble across across the photos of Vicky Navarro. Vicky’s photos capture the urban life in Mexico City through the angular perspective of a designer and architect, noticing the shapes and hard lines of the city.
Today’s featured Instagram map show’s vicky’s posts throughout Mexico and California over the last year.
I came across Ahmet Dogan’s photos while browsing through the #CentralAsia tag on Instagram, looking for inspiration for a road trip across the “-stans” later this year.
Ahmet’s incredible landscapes opened my eyes to the beauty of a country that I barely knew existed a year ago. Thanks to Ahmet, I am more than excitd to experience Kyrgyzstan for myself.
Ahmet mostly posts superb landscapes from the region surrounding Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, but the map of his photos over the past year documents his trips across the country. He also seems to have a thing for squirrels.
NOMADasaurus is the blog and adventure saga of photographer Alesha Bradford and writer Jarryd Salem. The couple have been travelling together since 2008, and writing about their journey since 2014, covering an impressively diverse collection of destinations.
Today’s featured Instagram map traces Jarryd and Alesha’s Instagram journey in 2015, beginning in South East Asia, before heading north through China, and across Mongolia and Central Asia before landing in Eastern Europe at the end of the year.
I have a fascination with unfamiliar places. My curiosity is sparked by anywhere that seems foreign, and unknown – and places don’t get much more unfamiliar than North Korea.
EverydayDPRK is a collaboration between several photographers and Instagrammers with access to North Korea, including @drewkelly, @sunbimari, @andrea_uri, @simonkoryo and @soominee – a mix of university teachers, travel professionals, and delegate to the DPRK – who share photos of everyday life inside the secretive state.
Last year, my friend, travel photographer, and food blogger, Jimmy Dau set off on a road trip to eat his way across the USA. Jimmy mentioned to me before he left that he thought it was cool to build a map that would trace his journey across America using his photos from Instagram, inspiring me to build the Embeddable Instagram Maps tool.
I didn’t get the tool built in time, but Jimmy’s road trip went on anyway, as he ate his way through tailgates and BBQ joints across the country.
Since The Data Pack revealed a list of censored and unsearchable Instagram hashtags in August, it appears that the social photo sharing service has reviewed its list of hashtags that will return results when searched using the app’s Explore tab, or via Instagram’s developer API.
Update: Instagram appears to have relaxed the list of blocked an unsearchable hashtags. See the updated list of banned and newly searchable tags.
In a previous post we wrote about how thousands of Instagram users are risking identity theft by publishing photos of their full, unobscured identification on hashtags like #license and #passport. This raised the question, should Instagram prevent searches on hashtags like #license and #passport to protect unwitting users from identity theft.
Instagram already blocks searches like #proanorexia and #thinspiration in the name of protecting users, but the photo sharing service is also known to block searches on hashtags that may contain lewd or pornographic content like #porn and #ass. This got us wondering what other hashtags Instagram blocks users from searching.
The personal details, including home addresses and dates of birth of thousands of Instagram users have been unwittingly shared on publicly searchable hashtags.
Anyone who has used Instagram knows the social photo-sharing service is ripe for over-sharing, with many users becoming slightly too comfortable photo-blogging their every meal, or posting one too many selfies. But has a complacency with over-sharing left many users exposed to online fraud or even identity theft? And should Instagram do anything about it?