Using a Bot Got My Instagram Banned 🤖
by Madhat Team
Seriously, don’t do it. I got our instagram banned. All I wanted was to mass unfollow a bunch of people and after a bit of googling, I came across this basic Python script on Github preaching my wildest dreams. Here’s how the story went. I made an account for my pet Wolfie and followed a ton of bunny, dog and cat Instagrams and then he died last November (he was 7. RIP 😔) so I changed his insta to the Madhat Girls one – may as well re-use the acc – and I just didn’t really want to be following a bunch of cute pets anymore especially as mine’s gone 😭 So, I set off in search of a script. I have a bit of a tech background and it took me almost 3 hours to get it working. I’ve never used python before and so I had to install a lot of stuff through homebrew in my terminal, sieve through errors and watched an hour of a Linkedin learning video 😂. I actually felt quite proud of myself when I got it to work. After encountering many an error, I got the script to work. I filled in 5 random hashtags and watched it work its magic automatically opening Instagram in a new window, logging in and then randomly liking all the hashtag posts I put in. I wanted it to mass UNFOLLOW, not like random stuff. Then suddenly BAM got banned like a B. 😭
Instagram’s User PolicyI thought it was a good opportunity to explain a lil bit about Instagram’s fairness policy.
- When you mass spam-like, follow or unfollow their algorithms find you and take this as you using a bot/your own manpower to cheat the system. Maximum of like/follow/unfollow is 60 per hour, 1 a minute (apparently). I was blocked after leaving the script running for half an hour. Oopsy
- You can’t make more than 1440 actions a day. Instagram adds it all up and watches you. You will get blocked from performing these actions, like I did, from 1 hour to indefinitely.
- You can be blocked for copyright infringement and illegally using other people’s content without crediting them.
- Here are 8 other dumb ways you can get banned.