Instagram Adds #EDM to Hashtag Blacklist

Electric Daisy Carnival 2014
 Andrew J. Rauner

 A massive crowd cheers on day 1 at the Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 on June 20, 2014 in Las Vegas.

There's a new addition to Instagram's hashtag blacklist: #EDM.

EDM, an abbreviation for electronic dance music, can no longer be searched in the Instagram application because it was violating community guidelines, according to an Instagram spokesperson.

"In this case, #EDM was being used to share content that violates our guidelines around nudity," Gabe Madway told Time.

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Last month, the social-media app made headlines when #curvy was banned. It was soon reinstated after users were outraged, but the hashtag is now extremely moderated. Other hashtags, such as #sex, #weed and #underwear, are banned until further notice. Users get around the blocked hashtags by adding words onto the banned words or spelling them differently -- #boxershorts is allowed, yet #lingerie is not.

As of Wednesday (Aug. 5) on the Instagram search engine, #EDM only shows the top posts with the EDM hashtag. Users are unable to view the other 11 million posts that contain #EDM.


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