Instagram account issues. Now restricted.

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After the story about my shadowban and how it happened, I’m back to talking about Instagram account issues. Yes, again.

How Positive…

One thing I try to do every time I post on Instagram is reply to all who leave comments on my photos. Even if it’s just to say thanks.

Instagram is a social media, so nurturing its social component is very important to me. And I like to talk with people, hear what they say, answer their questions.
If it wasn’t because I like the interaction, I would still do it because it helps with the infamous algorithm. More comments and interactions mean more engagement and, therefore, a better rank in the system.

Sometimes, a reply or a profile tickles my interest, so I also visit the person’s feed and maybe leave likes and comments myself.
From there, I might start engaging in a conversation. And in a few moments, an online relationship is established.

This way, I found great photographers and a few friends. My social life and inspiration would be less rich if I had not engaged in those conversations.

… turned into Negative

And it’s when I went to comment on somebody else’s photo that I ran into these new account issues.

I visited somebody’s profile following a comment they left on my feed. I saw a few photos I particularly enjoyed and decided to like and comment.
Little did I know this basic action was against Instagram anti-spam rules! **sarcasm**

The Like went through, but when I tried to leave a comment, a popup appeared saying the action was blocked.

Instagram account issues

Of course, I immediately hit the Report A Problem button, which doesn’t do much (you can’t write to explain anything).
I received another popup saying the action was restricted for 24 hours. And I kept “reporting a problem” again and again without results.

A common issue?

Doing a bit of online research, these sorts of account issues seem to be pretty common. Still looks like a problem to me.
I never engage in spammy behaviour, and I think I follow Instagram’s Terms and Conditions, so I don’t understand why I now regularly run into these account issues.

I suppose the previous shadowban put me on a sort of grey list if such a thing exists. Maybe the system now monitors my actions more closely, even if it has no reason. But I just don’t get why this happens.

Something else I do, trying to give sense to this nonsense, is using Instagram on several platforms. I own 2 smartphones, I also use the iOS app on the iPad, and I often browse Instagram via desktop. Maybe all the devices leave their session open, so when I use another, it looks like a suspicious login… I don’t know.
What I know is that while I’m writing this, I’m still restricted. I can’t use the basic features of Instagram: Like and Comment.

I mean, seriously?

Update: restriction lifted.

24 hours later, the account issues have been removed by Instagram. I am now able to operate normally again.
If you now want to visit my profile @fabienb and leave a comment, I’ll reply for sure.

Until the next time the algorithm messes it up.

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