Say what?!

Slowly but surely, Instagram has established itself as one of the most used and most popular social media platforms in the world. With the recent update allowing users to post higher quality pictures, Instagram also stepped into the world of music content with @music , which is why the photo-sharing app’s latest move is quite bizarre.


#EDM —a recognised abbreviation for electronic dance music— is the latest Instagram hashtag to be blocked. This means #EDM joins in the long list of other blocked hashtags including #IG, #weed, #ilovemyinstagram and #popular to name a few. The block of #EDM means the hashtag can’t be searched which occurs automatically when certain hashtags are used to share content that violates the photo sharing app’s community guidelines.

According TIME,Gabe Madway, an Instagram spokesperson said, “in this case, #EDM was being used to share content that violates our guidelines around nudity.” He added that Instagram is working on means to more quickly restore hashtags that have previously been blocked, and to better communicate its policies around hashtags.

The hashtag blacklist is nothing new but it recently sparked controversy when #curvy was banned. Said hashtag was then unbanned after users slammed the company’s banning of a body-positive term. Instagrammers as well as DJs, have taken to Twitter to share their feelings on Instagram’s banning of #EDM.

What are your thoughts on Instagram banning #EDM? Let us know by sounding off in the comments box below.

via TIME

UPDATE (August 6th): 

EDM lives!

So yesterday we shared the news that Instagram added #EDM to its long list of banned hashtags and that move by the photo sharing app clearly didn’t sit too well with many. #EDM was initially banned because “it was violating community guidelines” and that sparked rage amongst Instagrammers which lead to the social media platform to bringing the hashtag back.

However, the revival of #EDM comes with a catch. Only certain images that used the #EDM hashtag has been reinstated as, “Recent posts from #edm are temporarily hidden because of some abuse we’ve seen”.

Personally, we’re just glad that #EDM is no longer banned.

via EDM Tunes.

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