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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).

Here Are Instagram's Banned Search Terms

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]