Not all hashtags are created equal. Here’s a list of banned hashtags that can really hurt your reach.

What are banned hashtags? Basically, they’re hashtags that are blacklisted by Instagram and will not do you any good if you use them. Not only that they don’t work properly, they will also disable all of your other hashtags, including the legitimate ones, in the same post. This could result in a serious consequence, like your account getting “shadow banned”. So if you are going to use a hashtag, take a look at the list below and/or save it in your notes as a reminder.

Please note that this is only a list for the English language, and it’s impossible to make a complete list, as there are hundreds of thousands of hashtags currently being banned by Instagram. We will also later tell you later how to check for banned hashtags that are not on this list below.

Generally, there are two groups of banned hashtags. First are the ones that are banned, for obvious reasons (i.e. those that refer to sexual, violent or harassing content) and second are the ones that for most people they’re literally harmless or even not in anyway offensive. Words like “Brain” or “Kansas”.

Why are they banned though you might ask? What makes a word like “Kansas” get banned (how else do we call this geographical location)? And why does Instagram think “Kansas” is bad? Nobody knows for sure. Some theories say it’s because these hashtags are too popular or frequently generated by bots, or have been used in some inappropriate context that we, general users, may not think of. You’re welcome to investigate the reason behind it (and please let us know what you’ve found!), but until then, we’ve compiled an alphabetical list of common banned hashtags for you below.

A
#addmysc
#adulting
#alone
#always
#armparty

B
#babyrp
#bangbang (but #bangbangbang is ok for now)
#beautyblogger
#belfie
#besties
#bikinibody
#boho
#bootay
#brain
#beautyblogger
#besties
#bikinibody
#boho
#buns

C
#carving
#catsau
#cheeky
#costumes
#cph
#curvesfordays
#curvygirls

D
#damngirl
#date
#dating
#desk
#direct
#dutchgirl
#dm

E
#ebonyandivory
#edm
#edmbabes
#eggplant
#elevator
#everybodyisbeautiful
#expose

F
#fitnessgirls

G
#girlsonly
#gloves
#graffitiigers

H
#happythanksgiving
#hawks
#hotweather
#humpday
#hustler

I
#ig
#ilovemyinstagram
#instababy
#instasport
#iphonegraphy
#italiano

K
#kansas
#kickoff
#killingit
#kissing

L
#lean
#leaves
#like
#loseweight
#lulu

M
#master
#mileycyrus
#milf
#mirrorphoto
#models
#mustfollow

N
#nasty

O
#overnight

P
#parties
#petite
#pornfood
#pushups

R
#rate
#ravens

S
#saltwater
#samelove
#selfharm
#single
#singlelife
#skateboarding
#skype
#snap
#snapchat
#snowstorm
#sopretty
#stranger
#streetphoto
#sunbathing
#swole

T
#tag4like
#tagsforlikes
#tanlines
#teens
#thought
#todayimwearing

U
#undies

V
#valentinesday

W
#workflow
#wtf

Y
#youngmodel

Next is a list of completely banned hashtags you should never use. Again, while some of these words are not always offensive (like #lean, for example), they are banned because they have been inappropriately used in sexual or violent context. We want to explicitly state that we do not promote this kind of content!

#abdl
#anal
#anon
#assday
#ballsack
#bdsm
#bigboobs
#bigbootyhoe
#bigtits
#bigtitties
#bitches
#blowjob
#bondagesex
#boobies
#boobstagram
#boobz
#booty
#bunda
#clevage
#clit
#cock
#cocks
#cum
#cumshot
#cunt
#daddydirection
#daddydom
#daddylove
#dick
#dicks
#faggot
#fatass
#femdom
#fetish
#fisting
#fishnets
#footfetish
#foreplay
#freethenips
#frisky
#fuck
#fucking
#funbags
#girlsgonewild
#girlsofinstagram
#grindin
#gstring
#hardcore
#hmu
#hoes
#horny
#incest
#instababe
#instabody
#instafuck
#instahot
#instasex
#jizz
#kike
#kikmeboys
#kikmenow
#killyourself
#kinky
#kontol
#kyke
#lean
#like
#loseweight
#naughtygirls
#nekkid
#nigger
#nipple
#nipples
#nips
#nobra
#nudepics
#orgasm
#penis
#popularpage
#porn
#porno
#pornstar
#proanorexia
#probulimia
#seksi
#selfharm
#sexiest
#sexual
#sexyaf
#sexybody
#sexygirl
#sexys
#sexyteen
#shit
#shirtless
#shower
#slut
#sluts
#snowbunnies
#spankme
#spic
#tetas
#thickgirls
#thighs
#thinspiration
#thinspo
#tit
#tits
#titties
#titty
#toket
#twerking
#twerkteam
#twink
#vag
#wank
#whitepower
#whore
#wtf
#xxx

It’s important to bear in mind that the list of banned hashtags is constantly being updated by Instagram. A good hashtag today can be a bad one tomorrow. The best strategy to make sure you don’t accidentally use any of them is to be judicious about hashtag use. Do research on every single hashtag you are thinking of posting beforehand.

The easiest way is to type a hashtag directly into the Instagram search field. If a hashtag is banned, most of the content being tagged will not be shown, and for most cases, Instagram will just tell you directly if a ban is being placed (see the picture below).

Feel free to add any “new” banned hashtags in the comments, it will be definitely helpful for the rest of us!

That’s it for now. Happy hashtagging responsibly! 🍒


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