What does 5w mean on Instagram

Please update your Instagram app to the latest version to have the most up-to-date experience for blocking.

When you block someone, that person won't be able to find your profile, posts or story on Instagram. People aren't notified when you block them.

Likes and comments

  • After you block someone, their likes and comments aren't removed from your photos and videos. You can delete their comments from your posts.

  • People that you block can still see your likes and comments on posts that were shared by public accounts or accounts they follow.


  • Someone you blocked can mention your username on Instagram, but this mention won't appear in your Activity.

  • If you block someone and then change your username, they won't be able to mention you unless they know your new username.


  • After you block someone, your messaging threads with them will remain in your Direct inbox, but you won't be able to message them.

  • If you're in a group message with someone you've blocked, you'll get a dialog asking whether you want to stay in the group or leave. If you choose to stay in the group, you'll be able to see messages from the person you blocked in the group.

  • If the person you blocked sends you any messages in Direct, you won't receive those messages, and they won't be delivered later if you unblock them.

If you don't want to block someone, you can remove them as a follower or block them from commenting on your photos and videos.

If you no longer want to block someone, you can unblock them.

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