Instagram censors the ‘#EDM’ hashtag
LA County is (once again) starting its tirade against electronic dance music following news about two deaths at the recent HARD Summer, but now, a surprising social media giant is also taking a stand against the genre – EDM, in specific. Though yet to receive official word explaining why, Instagram has seemingly wiped out all traces of the popular hashtag “#EDM.”
Though other related hashtags still exist (#EDMLife, #EDMLifestyle, #EDMVibes), the overarching tag has been removed. Likely, this move was made by Instagram for a reason that might be similar to the recently removed #curvy hashtag. Regarding the seemingly innocent word often associated with body image, Instagram told Mashable: “[Instagram] did block the hashtag #curvy. It was being used to share content that violates our guidelines around nudity. Please note that the block has nothing to do with the term ‘curvy’ itself.”
Though specifics of the hashtag #EDM have yet to be confirmed, the Instagram Community Guidelines leave plenty of room for interpretation of what could have violated the app’s set rules. From “Follow the Law” to “Photos and Videos Appropriate To A Diverse Audience,” it seems as though dance music might have crossed the line.
However, #drugs and #EDMgirls remain.