Instagram’s account disabling policies are now about to get far more transparent with a change to its account policies. Instagram will now automatically remove accounts who cross a threshold of community guidelines violations within a short window of time. This is in addition to its automatic deletion of accounts who have a high percentage of content which violates its policies. It won’t be completely opaque, users will be notified if their content (comments, posts, ec.) has made them vulnerable to deletion from the platform. If the content has been wrongly flagged, users will be able to appeal.
“Under our existing policy, we disable accounts that have a certain percentage of violating content. We are now rolling out a new policy where, in addition to removing accounts with a certain percentage of violating content, we will also remove accounts with a certain number of violations within a window of time,” Instagram explained on Thursday, “Similarly to how policies are enforced on Facebook, this change will allow us to enforce our policies more consistently and hold people accountable for what they post on Instagram.”