Instagram Seen Blocking #Sikh Hashtag Yet Again for Some Users

Shortly after the issue was raised by some users, Instagram started showing a handful of posts containing the #sikh hashtag.

Instagram Seen Blocking #Sikh Hashtag Yet Again for Some Users

Instagram initially showed a “posts hidden” error to users when searching for the #sikh hashtag

Highlights
  • Instagram blocking was reported by some users on Twitter
  • Facebook and Instagram earlier this year also blocked #sikh hashtag
  • Instagram didn't provide clarity on the latest blockage

Instagram seems to have blocked the hashtag #sikh on its platform for a short period of time, some users have complained on Twitter. The blocking comes just over five months after Facebook and Instagram were seen restricting the #sikh hashtag for a number of users. Instagram at that time responded to user complaints and stated that the said hashtag was “mistakenly blocked” in early March.

As per the user reports, the #sikh hashtag isn't searchable on Instagram. Some users have also reported that the blocking is in place on Facebook as well.

 

Gadgets 360 was able to independently verify the user reports about the blocking of the #sikh hashtag. The app was initially showing a “posts hidden” error that read, “To make sure only the most relevant posts are shown, we've hidden some posts that may be private or low quality.” However, shortly after it was raised by some users, Instagram started showing a handful of posts.

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Instagram was initially seen blocking the #sikh hashtag completely (left) but later started showing some posts (right)

 

Searching for the #sikh hashtag on Instagram showed that there were over 2.5 million posts on the platform with the same hashtag.

Gadgets 360 reached out to both Instagram and Facebook for a comment on the matter.

Update: A Facebook spokesperson responded to Gadgets 360 to say that the the #sikh hashtag was temporarily blocked because of reports from the community for violations its Community Guidelines; and confirmed that the hashtag has now been unlocked.

In June, Facebook and Instagram were spotted blocking the #sikh hashtag on their platforms. It was unblocked shortly after several users reported the issue on social media. Instagram also apologised for the action and stated that the hashtag was “mistakenly blocked” on March 7 after receiving a report that “was inaccurately reviewed” by its teams.

“Our processes fell down here, and we're sorry,” Instagram had said.

Aside from censoring content carrying the #sikh hashtag, Facebook earlier this year was also seen blocking messages on Instagram that included the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

Update: The full statement from the Facebook spokesperson is shown below.

The #sikh hashtag was temporarily blocked because of multiple reports from the community for violations of our Community Guidelines. It has now been unblocked.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips. More
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