Here Are Instagram's Banned Search Terms

Reverse engineering Instagram's banned hashtags finds no love for nipples or James Franco (specifically his relationships with mothers).

Instagram's secret id has a lot to do with both sex and racism. And, it seems, blocking nipple-related hashtags.

Australian entrepreneur Nick Drewes recently unearthed Instagram's banned hashtags by reverse engineering the photo-sharing platform's API and feeding the photo service a whole lot of swear words. Hashtags containing the words "fuck," "bitch," and racial insults are automatically blocked... as are hashtags referring to popular messaging app Kik.

Here's a partial excerpt from Drewes' list:

We're just curious why some common search terms like #iphone and #photography are banned.

[Image: Fickr user Gisela Giardino]

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  • Alli Shea

    Ha! Imagine the intern whose job it was to sit and think of all the bad words and explicit phrases out there and then submit it to his/her higher-up.  Yikes!