Is the word "thot" banned in Instagram handles? I'm trying to get a specific handle and have noticed that I can't seem to get anything with thot in it. Same with "penis" and "cunt", but other words that are equally obscene seem to be okay.

Has anyone come across this before? Is there a list of words that can't be used in handles?

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    Are you talking about a specific site, or a general convention for web applications? In the former case, surely you should specify which site you are asking about. – tripleee Jan 14 at 10:23
  • Sorry for the confusion. I'm talking about usernames for Instagram. Curious if anyone has noticed this. Most sites talk about banned hashtags, but I can't find any information about words not allowed in usernames. – Farvel Jan 14 at 12:58
  • My suspicion is that most popular sites need to do this, but that each will have their own ad-hoc list of prohibited expressions. – tripleee Jan 14 at 13:46
  • Thanks, that what I suspected but I can't find any reference to such a list online. The choice of words to ban seemed random from the few I tested e.g. "penis" is banned, "vagina" is not, the "N" word is not banned, but "thot" is. Would love to know if there is any insight into this. – Farvel Jan 16 at 13:04

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