As many of you know a few weeks ago Instagram was hacked. As a precautionary measure, all accounts that were hacked were shadow banned on hashtags for 14 days. Although they did this to make sure the accounts weren’t spam/fake, it was still a bit upsetting at first. This meant that none of my photos posted showed under hashtags unless you followed me. Although this lowered my engagement and likes on my account, I actually found quite a lot of positive things that came from been banned. I thought I would share with you the positive and negative, so if you ever get shadow banned (hopefully this won’t happen), or if you have been you may be able to relate!
The only negative was that I didn’t get as many likes as I normally did before the ban. I also didn’t get as many new people finding my account, but often times most people just want a follow back.
Overall I actually enjoyed being shadow banned on Instagram (which is a bit weird, I know). It taught to appreciate more the likes and interactions that I do get, and to not focus on numbers too much. I also have come to love Instagram more now since it has become less stressful.
And that is my positive and negative of being shadow banned on Instagram! Let me know if you’ve ever has this happen, and how you felt/dealt with it. And you can follow along with my Instagram here.
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!