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Wondering how many reports it takes to get an account banned from Instagram? It can be frustrating to report an Instagram account for breaking the rules and see that the account is still active. There's no specific number of complaints that guarantees account removal—accounts are disabled due to multiple violation warnings. While Instagram keeps their termination thresholds private, this wikiHow article will teach you everything you need to know about how reports and violations can affect your Instagram account status.

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The number of reports doesn't determine the outcome.

  1. Instagram doesn't have a rule about termination based on a number of reports. In fact, if Instagram believes an account is in violation of its policies, they have the right to disable the account based on a single complaint! While that's unlikely for most, an account might be deleted immediately if its content creates risk or legal exposure for Instagram.[1] The point is, it's not the number of complaints that will bring an account down—it's about how often that user shares content that violates Instagram's policies.
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The type of violation matters.

  1. The nature of the content might play a role in termination time. If an account is violating the rules in a more flagrant way, such as by sharing pornography or illegal content, it's likely to be terminated faster than accounts who share content that might be more subjective. For example, it'll take more time for Instagram's support team to research reports of harassment and bullying, while explicit content is easier to identify by sight.

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Instagram issues warnings before deleting accounts.

  1. If Instagram finds that a post violates their policies, the account will usually receive a warning. In addition to the warning, Instagram will typically remove the offending content from the platform.[2] This warning doesn't mean the account is in jeopardy, but the account owner should be more careful about adhering to guidelines in the future.
    • Even if 10,000 people report a single post, that post will only yield one warning for the account owner, and only if Instagram finds that the post violates their Community Guidelines or Terms of Service.
    • Instagram's algorithms also automatically detect posts that violate their policies and issue warnings to those account owners—an account can receive a warning without a human ever reporting the post!
    • You can check your warnings in the Instagram app—on your profile, tap the menu at the top-right, tap Settings, select Help, and then chose Support Requests. Any warnings you've received appear in the Violations area.
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Too many warnings will result in account deletion.

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Multiple reports can draw attention to your account.

  1. If people frequent report certain accounts, the moderation team might pay more attention to that user. While Instagram's artificial intelligence handles a lot of abuse and violation complaints, a post or account that yields a higher number of complaints may reach a human moderator who can evaluate the situation and decide whether an account is too risky to keep on their platform. But if there are no violations, the account will not be terminated.
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Instagram down-ranks accounts that share misinformation.

  1. Accounts that share content that's frequently debunked by fact checkers might be penalized. Instagram tries to decrease the spread of misinformation on the platform by down-ranking the content shared by known offenders, which means these accounts' posts won't be visible to as many people. While Instagram used to only down-rank the offending posts, they now down-rank other posts by accounts who commonly share false information.[4]

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      This article was written by Nicole Levine, MFA. Nicole Levine is a Technology Writer and Editor for wikiHow. She has more than 20 years of experience creating technical documentation and leading support teams at major web hosting and software companies. Nicole also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University and teaches composition, fiction-writing, and zine-making at various institutions. This article has been viewed 13,080 times.
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      1. There is no magic number of reports that will get an Instagram account banned.
      2. Instagram issues warnings to account owners for violations.
      3. If an account owner receives too many warnings over a period of time, they'll receive an account deletion warning.
      4. Further infractions will result in account termination.

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