Instagram Promises Users Fair Warning Before Smashing Them with the Ban Hammer in Policy Update


You’re going to get a warning before you are banned if you’re posting photos and videos that violate Instagram’s rules according to a policy update from the media platform.

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And this is more than a courtesy move as, prior to this change, users would face a ban seemingly out of nowhere and some felt like they were left with no way to change their Instagram behavior to prevent the ban from taking place.

It’s all based on a system that measures how much your content is reported or violates Instagram’s terms of service. This can be over a period of time, such as 24 hours, or in general. When a user’s content went over a set number, it would automatically trigger a ban. Now you’ll get a warning before that happens. What is the kind of thing that could get you banned? Pretty much content that could get you banned on any other site.

This includes “content deleted for violations of our nudity and pornography, bullying and harassment, hate speech, drug sales, and counter-terrorism policies.” But there are also obscure reasons for a potential account deletion. PetaPixel reported on a slate of Instagrammers finding themselves on the receiving end of a ban after they posted photos and video from a Janet Jackson concert.

Apparently this content violated Instagram’s terms as well but it makes sense that users would not be aware of that. As reports highlight, all of this is part of the company’s efforts to make Instagram a safe (read: advertiser friendly) space for users. That’s to be commended and the more things they do to make life easier for account holders the better.

As always, we’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below. Have you been banned by Instagram or any other social media service? Let us know your story.

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I’ve had a short ban for spamming where I am putting the same advertising into buy/sell pages. There are a lot of pages and it makes it easier to cut and paste into them. I try and delete them all after I have finished the advert as well to make it tidy.

Another thing is if I am videoing at an event like dance or horse shows the music has been taken out when in fact the people organising the event have paid to use it and I am just advertising for them. I get it using other peoples music but when it has actally had the copyright paid for seems a bit unfair

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