Thursday 22 February 2018

Instagram lifts ban on searching questionable hashtags

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Instagram appear to have lifted a ban on questionable words, hashtags and phrases that were made inaccessible to users last August in a lockdown of objectionable search terms.

According to Pedestrian TV, the photo-sharing app has reconsidered their stance against tags relating to eating disorders and self-harm like #thinspo, #thinspogram, #thinspiration and more.

In August, if a user searched those terms they would recieve a 404 error message,something Instagram appears to have done a u-turn on.

Many of the now-searchable hashtags include curse words or nudity references and cannot be printed here.

According to Fast Feed, an Instagram spokesperson had this to say: "We want Instagram to be a safe and fun place for people to capture and share moments. That means finding a good balance between allowing people to express themselves and providing protections to prevent certain content that would be against our terms."

He continues; "we encourage people who come across content that makes them uncomfortable to report it to us using the built-in reporting tools next to every photo and video on Instagram."

Interestingly, #iPhone is still unsearchable, whereas #thinspo is not.

See below a sample gallery of #thinspo and #thinspogram posts and the dangerous messages they can now freely send out to users.

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