What violates Instagram Community Guidelines? – Applications and Software – Tecnoblog

Many people believe that on the internet, especially on social networks, anything can be done, talked about and published. But the truth is that, increasingly, companies responsible for social platforms are seeking and working to control anything that goes against their regulations. Read on and understand what violates Instagram Community Guidelines.


What violates Instagram Community Guidelines? (Image: Katka Pavlickova / Unsplash)

1. Content copied and without publication rights

Instagram’s first guideline reinforces the need for users to publish only authentic content, as each one is responsible for what they post on the social network. Content copied or obtained without authorization falls under the issue of copyright infringement.

According to the platform, even though copyright varies according to each country, in most of them it refers to the legal right that a person has to create an original work.

Copyright covers a wide variety of works, such as:

– Visual or audiovisual works of art: videos, films, TV programs and broadcasts, video games, paintings, photographs
– Audio works: songs, musical compositions, sound recordings, voice recordings
– Written works: books, plays, manuscripts, articles, musical scores

2. Inappropriate content

Instagram says that, for various reasons, it doesn’t allow nudity on the social network, which includes photos, videos and digitally created content. However, the platform understands that there are people who can share this type of content with different natures such as:

  • artistic or creative;
  • health-oriented, in the case of breastfeeding, childbirth and postpartum;
  • protest;
  • painting and sculpture.

On the other hand, even in content with good intentions, the social network may decide to remove images that feature nude or partially nude children, as there are users who may use them inappropriately and out of context.

3. Artificial and repetitive interactions

In order to end the call spam, Instagram asks users to avoid artificial interactions, repetitive actions that suggest the existence of bot e business contacts without consent.

In this category, the platform also reinforces that it does not accept publications that offer money or gifts in exchange for interaction and engagement, which encourage false reviews, as well as users who create accounts just to deceive and violate community guidelines.

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Artificial or repetitive interactions are banned from Instagram. (Image: Pixabay / Pexels)

4. Non-compliance with the law

Any content that exalts terrorism, organized crime or the spread of hate is prohibited on the social network, as is the offering of sexual services and illegal products, even though these articles may be legal in some regions.

The sale of live animals between individuals (physical stores may offer the sale), the organization of poaching and the sale of endangered species are also prohibited by Instagram.

In relation to content of a sexual nature that involves minors or intimate images that threaten other people, the social network claims to have zero tolerance.

Accounts that offer betting and games involving real money must ask the social network’s permission to produce this content format.

5. Disrespect among members

Instagram makes it clear that it removes any content it presents:

  • real threats;
  • hate speeches;
  • individual attacks with embarrassment and degradation;
  • personal information that is intended to blackmail a user;
  • harassment with unwanted messages sent repeatedly;
  • violence or attack based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability or illness;
  • threats of harm to public and personal safety.

The social network points out that it allows the sharing of hate speech when used to promote awareness, as long as the intention is properly expressed in the publication.

6. Content that encourages self-harm

Aiming to be a space of awareness and support for people facing problems such as eating disorders, self-harm or other self-harm, Instagram removes any reported content or disables accounts that encourage self-harm, as well as publications that use victims and survivors for attack or humor purposes.

Instagram can remove the disclosure of events that feature videos of explicit violence on the understanding that many people, of different ages, use the platform. Sharing and dissemination of this awareness-raising content model must have a specification in the caption about the content of the images.

8. Harmful content related to COVID-19

Regarding COVID-19, Instagram determines in its guidelines that it protects users from content that is harmful and reveals some type of abuse related to Coronavirus. With this, the social network works to remove any post that:

  • can harm the real world;
  • have hate speech, bullying and harassment;
  • bring misinformation with risk of violence or physical harm.

How does Instagram decide what to remove?

The platform chooses to remove content if it violates some of the Community Guidelines described above, as they define what can and cannot be published on the network.

For this, Instagram uses the combination of technology and complaints from users themselves to identify possible content that violates its guidelines. When something breaks the regulations, an analysis team, with more technologies, is used to remove the content as quickly as possible.

For purposes of awareness and public interest, Instagram may allow some content even if it goes against its rules. This analysis is based on public interest and risk of harm.

option image to report a post that violates Instagram community guidelines
Instagram removes content that violates some of the Community Guidelines. (Image: Amanda Machado / Tecnoblog)
How many times does content need to be reported to be removed?

Instagram makes it clear that the number of times content is reported on the platform does not determine whether it will be removed.

Can I claim a post removed by the platform?

Yes. If you believe that the social network has removed content that it shouldn’t, you can, in most cases, request a review of the decision.

Can I report a post that I believe goes against the social media guidelines?

Yes. If you’ve seen a post and believe it violates Instagram community guidelines, you can use the built-in report option, even if you don’t have a social media account.

What is the difference between NetzDG and the Community Guidelines?

Instagram Guidelines describe what can and cannot be posted on the social network globally. NetzDG, or Network Enforcement Law, is a German law that requires social networks to have a defined procedure for handling and analyzing complaints that come in about possible illegal content. You can find out more on the official Instagram page.

With information: Instagram.

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