The Instagram algorithm is something many of us love to hate. It’s an invisible entity we’ve been trying to beat over and over again to make our content more visible. But the truth is – none of us really know how exactly the algorithm works. Well, the company has finally decided to become more transparent about it and tell us more about how Instagram picks content for its users.
A few months ago, Instagram began testing “Restrict,” a feature that lets you shadowban anyone who is bullying you on the platform. After the tests, it has now been rolled out to anyone. “Restrict” allows you to quietly protect your account from bullies, while still keeping an eye on them and take additional actions if you need to.
Instagram has been cracking down on various tactics people use to try to get ahead of the others on the platform. They’ve killed off many of the third party services that tip-toed the TOS line. Pods are pretty much a thing of the past. And they’ve implemented “shadowbanning”. A shadowban is essentially a post-specific ban that you don’t know about. Instagram kills your reach without you knowing (except for the fact that nobody engages with your stuff anymore).
An online tool was released last year which showed some promise, although it seems to have been abandoned. Individual URLs still work, but checking whole accounts never seems to have been completed. Now, though, there’s a new Instagram Shadowban Test from Triberr that checks the last 10 images you upload at once.
The word has been going around lately that Instagram has been shadowbanning their users. This means that everything appears normal to you, but when the users who don’t follow you scroll through the same hashtag feed, they won’t see your image at all. This makes it more difficult to gain new followers, which make it harder for new users to reach their audience. In case you suspect that your account has also been shadow banned, now you can check it in a few seconds.