This Is Why Instagram Blocked #EDM Hashtag [OFFICIAL STATEMENT]
News broke earlier today that Instagram has blocked the hashtag #EDM, meaning users can still use #EDM in their posts but the hashtag will no longer be searchable.
Given the fact that this came on the heels of the tragic deaths of two teenage girls at HARD Summer in Los Angeles, some were speculating that the #EDM ban was somehow related. As it turns out, it had nothing to do with the unfortunate events that took place at HARD Summer this past weekend nor the culture of electronic dance music as a whole.
According to the official statements, the #EDM hashtag was banned because it was "consistently being used to share images and videos that violate [Instagram's] Community Guidelines." An Instagram spokesperson wrote the following official statement in an email to THUMP.
"We block (i.e. make unsearchable) certain hashtags when they are consistently being used to share images and videos that violate our Community Guidelines. In this case, #EDM was being used to share content that violates our guidelines around nudity. We're working on a way to more quickly restore certain hashtags that have previously been blocked. We're also working on ways to better communicate our policies around hashtags."
It is possible that a hashtag can be un-blacklisted. Instagram recently reinstated the hashtag "#curvy" after receiving backlash from online users for blocking a hashtag that encourages positive body image perceptions. Instagram simply moderates the hashtag more closely now.
Hashtags are blocked after they reach a certain number of violations. As THUMP so poignently pointed out... even hashtags as vulgar as #asstomouth and #swingingdicks have yet to be blocked because they simply haven't had as many postings. This just goes to show how insanely massive EDM has become.
Click here for more information on the tragic events that occurred at HARD Summer this past weekend, as well as the proposed music festival bans from Los Angeles county officials.