Every Instagram user knows that adding a few relevant hashtags to your photos is a great way to help them get seen by many more people – but it now seems like the app is hiding several hashtags relevant to our LGBTI communities.
Discovering that many Instragrammers use certain hashtags to spread pornography – which isn’t allowed – it’s blocking or limiting them.
The hashtags #gays #lesbian #lesbiansofinstagram #bi and even just #woman or #women show just a few filtered results when you search for them.
“Recent posts from #lesbian are currently hidden because the community has reported some content that may not meet Instagram’s community guidelines,” the app informs you.
Here’s a complete list of Instagram’s restricted hashtags. Many others, which would clearly led to pornography, are banned altogether and cannot be used in searches.
Other popular hashtags you can use to share LGBTI themed photos are: #queer #pride #lgbtq #girlswholikegirls #gaylove #gaypride and #transgender. (samesame.com.au, 18/5/2016)