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The Banned #Hashtags of Instagram

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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.

Using the Instagram API, a list of popular hashtags, and a list of foul language, The Data Pack has put together the following unofficial, and incomplete list of words that Instagram blocks users from searching.

A few interesting notes on the list. As well as the obvious crude and pornographic searches, there are a few notable hashtags in the list including seemingly benign hashtags like #photography, #iphone, and #instagram. Instagram co-founder, Mike Krieger, addresses the issue in a post on the Instagram API Developer Google Group, stating that Instagram block searches on several high volume hashtags that add little value.

“We’ve stopped serving feeds (both in app and API) for some tags that were too generic and didn’t provide enough end-user value.”

It’s also interesting to note that the list contains multiple variations of words that are obviously blocked by Instagram. For example, the list contains both #boobs and #bigboobs, where #boobs is obviously the banned word.

Have you found any blocked or unsearchable hashtags on Instagram? Let us know in the comments!

An Unofficial (and INCOMPLETE) List of Blocked and Unsearchable Instagram Hashtags

#17bitch
#adiosbitchachos
#anal
#arse
#asfuck
#ass
#balls
#bang
#bangbang
#beautyandessex
#bestfuckingtimeever
#bigboobs
#bigbootyhoe
#bigtits
#birthdaysex
#bitch
#bitchcanigetacosmo
#BitchDontKillMyVibes
#bitches
#bitcheslovehim
#bitchesofig
#bitchyougotit
#Blowjob
#bobbysbitches
#boob
#boobear
#boobies
#boobs
#boobz
#breasts
#bubblebutt
#bush
#chink
#classybitch
#clit
#cock
#cocks
#cum
#cunt
#curlyheadedfuck
#daddylove
#deepthroat
#dick
#dicks
#dildo
#dildos
#dripping
#DuckDynastyBitch
#fastasfuck
#fatass
#fetish
#foodorgasm
#freshasfuck
#fuck
#fuckbitches
#fuckbulltaco
#fuckday
#fucked
#fucker
#fuckfriday
#fuckFriends
#fuckfuelprices
#fuckhislife
#fuckinass
#fucking
#fuckingbeasting
#fuckingdead
#fuckingfantastisk

#fuckingfinally
#fuckinsong
#FuckIt
#fuckitho
#fuckitway
#fuckkillergames
#fuckLife
#fuckmyjob
#fuckoff
#fuckouttahere
#fuckpockets
#fuckpsy
#fuckrunning
#fucks
#fuckshoveling
#fucksleep
#fuckthefashion
#fuckthelaw
#fuckthelightning
#fuckthemoney
#fucktherules
#fuckthis
#fucktyler
#fucku
#fuckwhodontbelieveinus
#fuckwitmenow
#fuckyea
#fuckyeah
#fuckyeahellacuties
#fuckyeahh
#fuckyes
#fuckyopictures
#fuckyou
#fuckyouautocorrect
#fuckyouhitler
#fuckyoupayme
#fuckyourview
#getnakedpls
#grindin
#hardcore
#helpabitchout
#hoes
#hungrycunt
#idontgiveafuck
#ifuckinwish
#IG
#iloveitwhenhemakesthisexpression
#ilovemyinstagram
#incest
#instabitch
#instabody
#instafuck
#instagirl
#instagram
#instasex
#iphone
#iphone4s
#iphoneography
#jailbait
#jamesmotherfuckingfranco
#jizz
#jugs
#kike
#kikmeboys
#kikmenow
#knockers
#kyke
#lazyasfuck

#likeigiveadick
#livingsexy
#loseweight
#milf
#mouthtopenis
#mybitches
#naked
#nakedtimes
#nipple
#nipples
#nopecsnosex
#notassexylicousasyou
#nude
#oral
#penis
#photography
#poop
#popular
#popularpage
#porn
#porno
#pornography
#proanorexia
#probulimia
#pussy
#rackcitybitch
#rfucked
#sex
#sexiest
#sextalk
#SexualWednesdays
#sexy
#sexyback
#SEXYBEAST
#sexyboys
#sexyespoco
#sexygirls
#sexys
#sexyscruff
#sexyteen
#sexytimes
#shavedbay
#shirtless
#shit
#slut
#sluts
#smut
#sofuckingtierd
#spic
#strip
#thesex
#thesexisintheheel
#thesexpistols
#thinspiration
#thinspo
#tipsydumbcunt
#tit
#tits
#turnontheboobtube
#vag
#vagina
#wank
#weed
#wefabulousbitch
#whitepower
#whore
#whores
#winterfuckoff
#xxx

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40 Responses

  1. Thomas
    Aug 27, 2013 - 12:15 AM

    #instagram, #iphone, #iphone4s – srsly instagram?

    Reply
    • Tiana Kai
      Aug 27, 2013 - 10:51 PM

      Agreed! Weird that #ipad is allowed but not #iphone…what were people doing with their iPhone’s that created such a stir!?

      Reply
      • EJC
        Aug 29, 2013 - 11:46 AM

        NOOOOOO!!! When they see this list, and *YOUR* comment, they’re gonna block #ipad, too!! :p

        Reply
    • iPhone man
      Sep 05, 2013 - 03:14 PM

      They were blocked because they generated to many results.

      Reply
  2. stdoyle
    Aug 27, 2013 - 12:47 AM

    solid list, thanks for compiling. we are always amazed by some of the random/bizarre tags that get searched and return results.

    Reply
  3. Shrikant Joshi
    Aug 27, 2013 - 07:37 AM

    You could do something smart with it, too.

    For instance, I use the APINotAllowedError (response code 400) returned by the Instagram API to auto-categorize the hashtag as NSFW within my project HashPIx. See it for yourself here: http://hashpix.herokuapp.com

    Of course, as it was recently pointed out to me on HN, this approach still falls prey to the Scunthorpe problem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scunthorpe_problem)

    Still, it saves me a ton of computation at my end and does a massive job for me. I’m happy with the results. ;)

    Cheers!
    Shrikant

    Reply
    • Kimomo
      Aug 27, 2013 - 06:55 PM

      You could do something smart with it, as Shikant suggests. You could start spelling hashtags correctly and perhaps it will bypass their filter. It is “tired,” not “tierd,” for instance.

      Reply
  4. kat
    Aug 27, 2013 - 04:24 PM

    #ilovemyinstagram srsly, why????

    Reply
  5. dee
    Aug 27, 2013 - 09:44 PM

    #bdsm was erased a month ago or so

    Reply
  6. stealingsand
    Aug 27, 2013 - 11:27 PM

    I had a hashtag for my cat, #tateybooboo, that’s now blocked because “booboo” has the word boob in it.

    Reply
  7. Pete
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:32 AM

    looks like #cumdump is still in play! WHEW!

    Reply
    • Shrikant Joshi
      Sep 04, 2013 - 12:54 AM

      So YOU are the one who searched for that hashtag on HashPix? Thank you. I just marked it as NSFW at my end. :P

      Cheers!
      Shrikant.

      PS: Thinking of making an API that checks whether a non-spaced word (i.e. a hashtag without the #) is potentially NSFW or not. As it stands, I do seem to have a pretty decent compilation. Maybe I’ll mix in a bit of NLTK and stemmed-word searches and see how well it can work out. I’ve been wanting to try out the NLTK for a while now. :D

      Question is: would it be useful to anyone at all?

      Reply
  8. Cora
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:35 AM

    Lingerie, bra, and knickers are unsearchable terms as well (I’m a lingerie blogger).

    Reply
  9. aa
    Aug 28, 2013 - 01:25 AM

    here are some more banned hashtags #penisstraw #sofuckedup #thatlookslikeadick #bitchimightbe #fuckthelapd #fuckthepolice

    Reply
  10. Marie
    Aug 28, 2013 - 03:46 AM

    They ban chink and spic but not the ‘n’ word? What’s up with that???

    Reply
  11. Seth
    Aug 28, 2013 - 03:57 AM

    #nopecksnosex

    Reply
  12. John
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:33 PM

    How remarkably prehistoric. And all this time I thought Instagram was cool.

    Thank you HBO, et al, for at least allowing us to listen to the same language that we hear around us everyday.

    Reply
  13. Char
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:35 PM

    #dickpic

    Reply
  14. lav
    Aug 28, 2013 - 02:33 PM

    can’t search for #rhcp either. was that blocked, and why?

    Reply
  15. Lauren
    Aug 29, 2013 - 05:53 AM

    Oh, now I see why I hashtagged #bitchdontkillmyvibe one time and didn’t get any likes…

    Reply
  16. alison
    Aug 29, 2013 - 06:06 AM

    the word #lingerie is blocked too…i own a (smut-free) lingerie boutique and realize this is somewhat necessary but also annoying.

    Reply
  17. Wat.
    Aug 29, 2013 - 06:13 AM

    I love that they took out #chink and #spic, but didn’t take out #nigger.

    Reply
  18. Qippy
    Aug 29, 2013 - 12:38 PM

    I was maintaining my own list that I’ve discovered over a year of using Instagram. Here’s what I found on my own:

    petite
    lingerie
    ass
    tits
    boobs
    bra
    braless
    boobies
    tit
    tits
    fuck
    cunt
    nipple
    nipples
    naked
    nude
    nudity
    thinspo
    breasts
    boobimplants
    fakeboobs
    faketits
    pussy
    vagina
    nigger
    cum
    spankme
    spank
    penis
    dick
    cock
    balls
    ballsack
    porn
    pornography
    xxx
    slut
    whore
    sexy
    bitch
    panties
    undies
    underwear
    sideboob
    underboob
    cleavage
    wet
    shower
    nekkid

    Some pretty mundane ones in there, including petite, wet, and shower. Here are some that are still allowed, and when you consider what else they ban, they’re real head scratchers:

    titpiercing
    vagpiercing
    clitpiercing
    nipplepiercing
    bare
    small
    thin
    skinny
    breastimplants
    labia
    labiapiercing
    faggot
    nigga
    murder
    blood
    gunshot
    sperm
    spanking
    cockpiercing
    testicle
    testicles
    boxershorts
    tightywhities
    tightywhiteys
    gayporn
    nip
    nips
    nippily
    hardnips
    funbags

    Reply
    • Nick
      Aug 29, 2013 - 05:25 PM

      Thanks Quippy. Great list!

      Reply
  19. Lauren
    Aug 29, 2013 - 12:46 PM

    #bringingsexyback

    Reply
  20. Sir Bone A Lot
    Aug 29, 2013 - 04:28 PM

    you forgot #boner

    Reply
  21. lex
    Aug 30, 2013 - 08:46 AM

    #jamesfickingfranco lolol

    Reply
  22. Steph
    Sep 01, 2013 - 03:05 AM

    Yet they let #foodporn be a thing. One of my least favorites.

    Reply
  23. Steph
    Sep 01, 2013 - 03:08 AM

    Also #bitches is another one. Instagram doesn’t like bitches.

    Reply
  24. Krista
    Sep 07, 2013 - 01:31 AM

    I recently found out #sexualhappiness is also blocked. I’m guessing anything with “sex” in it is just too scathing…

    Reply
  25. leonardo dicaprio
    Sep 08, 2013 - 08:58 PM

    #selfharm #selfharmm are also banned

    Reply
  26. Tyler
    Oct 07, 2013 - 01:59 AM

    Why can’t we say Free People on Instagram?

    Reply
  27. tia
    Oct 07, 2013 - 03:37 AM

    not sure how old this list is, but if you try to leave a comment with the words “people freedom constitution” (all 3 words in 1 comment) it won’t allow you to post the comment… so weird!

    Reply
  28. Dave
    Oct 31, 2013 - 04:52 AM

    #kinky and #fetish are also forbidden.

    AND, another sweet, little Instagram perk is that is that when you append a bunch of hashtags to one of your photos, and one of the hashtags is forbidden, then NONE of your hashtags will work. For example, if I had a photo of a flower and I used the hashtags #flower #kinky, then my photo would NOT show up in the #flower gallery. The forbidden hashtag effectively disables ALL your hashtags for that image.

    Reply
  29. Jade
    Nov 02, 2013 - 04:56 PM

    By the way. Today I discovered a banned hashtag for the fist time, since I had problems with hashtags for the first time. #lolita is banned. That’s a fashion trend in Japan, for god’s sake.

    Reply
  30. Kate
    Jan 26, 2014 - 08:07 PM

    I don’t think Instagram is doing enough to protect it’s users especially when it comes to anorexia, bulimia and self harm.

    Banning #proannorexia and #probuliamia is not enough!!

    They need to do their research and they will see how easy it is to find and access all these pro pages.

    If I ever find one I will always to my best to report the user entirely and then go through and report individual photos, some if the images I’ve seen are horrendous and these are accessible to everybody of every age.
    They need to make it more difficult for people to find these images, I know they won’t be able to put a stop to them but at least it might save one person from having to see such things, believe me these images stay with you.

    I wonder if I created a petition if Instagram would listen?

    Reply

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