Instagram is used by more than a billion people every month. There is no denying its usefulness for your brand. For example, 80% of people use Social Media to research products and services, and two out of three say the network fosters brand interactions.
Instagram business marketing is now one of the top most effective Digital Marketing channels, and marketers who need to start using it are losing out.
However, doing business on Instagram is risky. After being banned by Instagram, many brands lost everything, including followers. As a result, Instagram banning poses a severe threat to your business.
How can you prevent this from happening? But, more importantly, how can you avoid losing everything if Instagram suddenly bans your account?
What led to your ban?
Instagram accounts will quickly be blocked or suspended if they are used to grow their following using unapproved tools artificially.
In today’s world of anti-spam and controlling, even regular users are affected by Instagram’s strict rules and restrictions on anything that might be considered spam.
To better control the user experience, Instagram curates everyone’s posts, accounts, and comments. Bans for hate speech and bullying may be familiar to you. But there’s more to it than that. In addition to protecting users from scams and predators, Meta aims to protect them from other harmful aspects of social media use.
Let’s look at Instagram bans, what they are, Whether they last a long time, and how you can prevent them.
Types of Instagram bans
Let’s start with the most significant threat to our active Instagram; Instagram bans. There are three types of bans on Instagram: Action Blocks, Shadow Bans, and Permanent Bans. The three types of Instagram bans will harm your brand’s image and are common for content creators.
Instagram blocks your actions on the platform (likes, comments, follows, posting, sharing stories) if you can no longer perform them. For example, this block prevents you from liking, following, commenting, or transmitting user posts.
A shadowban occurs when your posts or activity aren’t visible to other users, but you haven’t been officially banned. The user can usually still see their content and is unaware that no one else can see it.
Finally, permanent bans will permanently disable your account for an unlimited time. These bans will negatively impact your brand and relationship with your followers.
5 Reasons why you get banned from Instagram
- Mass Following, Unfollowing, Liking, or Commenting
- Share only content that complies with Instagram’s Terms of Service.
- Duplicate Spam Comments and DMs
- User complaint
- The different IP addresses and device
#1. Mass Following, Unfollowing, Liking, or Commenting
At first, Instagram punishes people who try to grow their accounts with an Action Block quickly. Instagram punishes accounts that spam followers, unfollower, like, or comment growth. They will block you if you use third-party promotion tools or if you do it manually. Even though Instagram doesn’t have set limits for this (classic Instagram), you should pay attention to the following numbers.
#2. Share only content that complies with Instagram’s Terms of Service.
Instagram bans accounts for posting sexual or inappropriate content.
Posting content owned by someone else’s copyright will also result in a ban, just like posting sexual or inappropriate content. However, as Instagram usually only bans accounts after the copyright owner reports them for infringement, copyright infringement is a gray area.
#3. Duplicate Spam Comments and DMs
Commenting spam on other people’s posts is another risky practice. Some users and influencers like to comment on random posts to boost their accounts, but too much commenting can get you banned.
#4. User complaint
Someone might find your account suspicious, so they click the Report button. If other people also report your account, Instagram will sooner or later block your account. People complain for different reasons, such as mass liking, mass following, abuse, inappropriate content, spam, etc.
#5. The different IP addresses and device
Your Instagram account is less likely to be banned if you log in from multiple devices and approve it via SMS. However, if you log in with different instruments and IP addresses, Instagram may think you’ve been hacked. So, for your safety, the social network blocks the profile immediately.
How to find out if my Instagram account has been suspended or banned
Instagram may have strict rules, but it also wants to keep its users. So the platform won’t ban you immediately if it detects behavior that violates its policies. First, your account will be suspended. Suspension can last from one to 48 hours. It all depends on what you did to get banned. To get the suspension lifted more quickly, you can appeal it.
How To Get Unbanned From Instagram
The following is what you can do if your account gets blocked:
- Allow the ban period to expire
- Contact Instagram
Click the Tell Us or Appeal buttons on the ban notification to contact a representative. Choose Learn More if you only have that option. At the end of the notice, click Let Us Know.
Call 1-650-543-4800 or visit the Help Center.
Be sure to review your hashtags and remove Autobots if you use them to avoid getting your account blocked.
It is harder to oppose a permanent ban. However, you may need help to restore your account. To assess the situation, you will need to contact customer service.