I've got a little secret: I haven't seen ads in my Instagram feed in more than a year.
You're probably wondering how that's even possible. Honestly, I'm not exactly sure why it works, but it does, and here's how you can (or at least try to) banish them from your Instagram feed as well.hen I first started seeing ads or "sponsored" posts in my Instagram feed, I immediately knew it was a sign of worse things to come.
What started out as a few unobtrusive ads in between posts eventually turned into what felt like a feed of just ads.
Om Malik, a partner at True Ventures, and the founder of GigaOm, said it best last year:
"I have been contemplating if it is time to get Instagram off my home screen as well. Why? Because it has been infesting my feed with too many ads - and not just any ads but terrible ads. Video ads. Ads that make absolutely no sense to me. Ads that have less relevance to my feed and me than dumb follow-me-everywhere banners on the web."
Like Malik, I almost quit Instagram because of all the ads. But instead of leaving the land of beautiful photos (and lots of dumb memes - someone please stop all of the brain-cell-killing low-res memes!), I started "hiding" the ads.
It didn't matter how big or small the advertiser was. If a post had "Sponsored" below its username, I hid it and then reported it.
It's not against Instagram's user terms to hide the ads. In fact, Instagram even details how to hide ads that you think aren't relevant to you, are shown too often, or are inappropriate.
Read the full article here.
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