How to Fix Action Blocked on Instagram

Action blocked Instagram

BAM, you’ve just seen the ‘action blocked’ or ‘you’re temporarily blocked’ message on Instagram after using it for a while.

The message says something along the lines of, “This action was blocked. Please try again later. We restrict certain content and actions to protect our community. Tell us if you think we made a mistake”.

Most people have seen this message on Instagram and it can be disheartening to find out that Instagram has just blocked your actions

What does Action Blocked on Instagram?

Action blocked Instagram

The action blocked message means that Instagram has blocked you from either following, liking, commenting, or direct messaging people.

You have spammed this action too much, so Instagram think you’re a bot, therefore, they have temporarily banned you from completing this action since it’s against their guidelines.

Why has my Action Been Blocked on Instagram?

  • You’ve been following or unfollowing too many people
  • You have commented the same thing under too many pictures
  • You’ve been liking too many pictures in a short space of time
  • You’ve been messaging too many accounts recently
  • You’re using a third-party app to complete certain actions on Instagram
  • You’ve been using a bot to automate your liking, following/unfollowing, or commenting

If you’ve been blocked by Instagram, I’m sure that you recognise one of these actions.

If not, you can contact Instagram and tell them that they’ve blocked your actions by mistake.

1. Use Another Device and Switch to Data

Since your IP address has been blocked by Instagram, this means that your best bet would be to switch to a different device and use data instead of WIFI.

When Instagram blocks you, they don’t block your account, they block your IP address.

Every device using the Internet has two IP addresses: a public and a private one.

In your home, your router uses your public IP address—assigned by your ISP to connect to the Internet.

On your mobile device, you have a public IP address.

So, if you use data and switch to a different device, your actions would be unblocked because you’re not associated with the blocked IP addresses anymore.

2. Wait for 24 Hours

Instagram usually only blocks you for 24 hours, sometimes even less.

In my experience, I was blocked for a few hours, so you may not even have to wait for the full 24 hours.

One of Instagram’s main priority is to block out spam and bots so that other accounts can be protected.

So, you’ll need to show Instagram that you can restrict this behaviour for a few hours before they can unblock you again.

Once you come back to Instagram in 24 hours after pretty much only being able to view pictures and do nothing else, you’ll finally be able to like, follow/unfollow, message and comment on people pictures.

3. Delete Third-Party Apps

If you’re using a third-party app, you’ll need to uninstall it right away.

The ‘unfollowing non-followers’ apps seem to be a very popular third-party app within the Instagram community.

There are also apps that credit your pictures with likes as long as you buy coins – if you’re guilty of having this, you’ll need to uninstall it.

Many apps that use Instagram API usually don’t restrict their users from abusing the features on the apps, therefore, these apps are usually the reason you’re going to get certain actions blocked by Instagram.

4. Link Instagram Account with Facebook

Since Instagram thinks that you’re a bot, you’re going to have to prove to them that you’re a genuine person by linking to another social media account such as your Facebook account.

This adds credibility therefore, there’s a very high chance that Instagram will unblock you within the 24 hours.

To link your Instagram to your Facebook:

Linked accounts Instagram

  1. Tap on the 3 lines on your profile
  2. Tap on settings
  3. Scroll down to linked accounts
  4. Select Facebook and sign in

After you’ve done this, you need to close the app and restart your device so that the changes can be implemented.

After you’ve done this, you should be able to use Instagram just like you did before.

How to Avoid Getting Blocked by Instagram

So, I’ve shown you how to get your action unblocked on Instagram, now I’m going to show you how to avoid getting blocked by Instagram so that this doesn’t happen.

1. Don’t Use Bots or Third-Party Apps

Instagram is strict on too many actions being completed by one account.

Bots can perform actions very quickly which means that it gets noticed by Instagram because of the unnaturally quick actions.

Therefore, if you’re using a bot, you should either set the actions to be completed slowly – this will look natural to Instagram.

2. Stop Completing so Many Actions

If you’ve been the one over using Instagram to follow people or like pictures, for example, you’ll need to reduce your actions.

Don’t follow more than 60 people in a certain hour and restrict the number of pictures you like in a certain hour.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


  1. I have been action blocked by Instagram done nothing I pressed tell us feel quite annoyed i still managed to post my photo but no like it

  2. Hey, I haven’t done any of the actions you’ve listed in the article but I have just changed my password for my Instagram account.
    Can this cause the same issue?

  3. I’ve been action blocked temporarily for days they keep saying until tomorrow but once the date is up i like an image and it says action blocked temporarily again. I’ve reported several times now to instagram about this issue and nothing happened. it’s getting really annoying to my last nerve.

  4. Hello
    Yesterday I got the message of action blocked account. It said get expired on 2019-01-20. But it didn’t got expired. Now I can’t like any photos what to do. This message came to me the evening yesterday.

    Please tell fast

  5. I have a suspicion that a “troll” who didn’t like that I blocked him/her, is reporting my account. Could this have an effect on actions blocked? To be clear I am a person (not a bot) I post weekly, and don’t like Trump (what troll and I where discussing; except all he/she had to say was that I’m ignorant); which is why I blocked him/her.

  6. I got a massage form action blocked my account and I really can’t get it off so I can use my instagram again

  7. I literally did nothing wrong got that notifitlast night waited until this morning and im still temporarily blocked wth is going on?! Please help…

  8. I literally haven’t done anything any different and was on less than usual yesterday and got this bs. Tried vpn, WiFi, data nothing helped and it’s already the date it says it’ll work again but isn’t

    • Has this worked for anyone?
      My business page is blocked and it’s killing me. It’s been over a week. I can’t follow anyone!

  9. Hello I am not happy about action blocking seem problem won’t open click on heart made me so upset
    Thank you

  10. i have the same problem i have been blocked for 24 hour and they pushed for other more 24 hour what we must do i try what you said but i dont know more help me what is going on how to get my actions acount back…..are they gone unblock me or what?

    • My account have been blocked since 3 days. And everyday I check they show that next day it will be unblocked but its a long time now, I’m not been able to use my Instagram properly.

      • Me too, I have been blocked for two days now I tried every thing you said but it did not work,how will our account ever be unblock again,if you can contact Instagram help us and tell them to open back our account

  11. My account have been blocked since 3 days. And everyday I check they show that next day it will be unblocked but its a long time now, I’m not been able to use my Instagram properly.

  12. same here. I just got blocked from liking or commenting on anything. I have done nothing wrong nor am I a bot! wtf is going on?

  13. Hi please help
    I haven’t done anything you have listed above
    I posted a pic put a caption and some hashtags none of which I can think would have violated instas policy and it keeps saying I’ve put a link in…but I haven’t

  14. I only a have a few windows of opportunity to go through instagram, so yeah I might like a few pictures all in a short period of time. But I can’t be on the gram 24/7.

  15. I were connected to fb already but the problem is the message that shows based on previous use of this feature, your account has been temporarily blocked from taking this action

  16. This is a joke. I have a highly engaged community and try to comment and like most of their posts genuinely. Now we are being punished for what Instagram actually wants us to do – which is to engage? Ridiculous…

  17. Interesting I am blocked on Android mobile phone but can like photos using Windows 10 / Google Chrome desktop application.

  18. So, I got blocked from liking pictures despite not knowingly breaching anything from Guidelines of IG. No excessive likes or follows nor unfollows, no spamming, no DM spam… I actually restricted my activities in last couple days… I couple times reported nudity, yet they always write me, that it is not against policy and now I do not do anything and I get blocked? Can it be a bug?

  19. We run fan pages for a music artist. 2 of the pages are action blocked from leaving a comment on the post or commenting in general. Which means we can put up any tags or anything..

  20. I am getting temporarily blocked notifications and iam not able to follow people…plz give any solution

  21. I am getting temporarily blocked notifications and I am not able to comment and caption to the post….. Please give any solution

    • Hey! I’ve had my account for a year and suddenly got follow block. I suppose I followed too many people but my account is real! Then I contacted instagram at least thirty times and they ignored all of my messages! Its been a week for follow block but seems to last longer! Tried advices above, it didn’t work! Please help me! What can I do to follow ppl on instagram again???

  22. Pplzzgive me solution sir. I am not missusing this app but instagram will blocking me. Now whwt can i do for removing from block list

  23. My team uses the account to dm influencers so a lot of dms are going out (manually no bots involved) and we keep getting blocked despite not being a bot. So we are not using 3rd party apps but multiple people are using it (business account) any tips for companies like mine?

  24. I did exactly what I was told to unblock me from posting comments, I still get the error message commenting I can’t even send direct messages why?

  25. Hi my instagram keep saying Action Blocked when im trying to like someones post. I went to setting and report a problem and wrote explaine whats the problem is and took a screen shot. And it keep saying expire yesterday which is today. Any help what i can do please.

    From Amy in the UK wales

  26. I just want to say thank you for your tips. All I did was switch to data and my DMS work just fine again. Thank you so much, you just saved me a great deal.

  27. I av same issue also i av been blocked from following i had already link my Facebook account on it but same result

  28. When i like a post it shows like this your account has been temporarily blocked from taking this action this block will expire 2019/05/13. But still the block haven’t unblock

  29. I’ve been blocked for eleven days now and tried every way possible in this article to get in contact with instagram but nothing’s worked I can’t follow people. Please help me I’m losing followers everyday.

  30. I’ve read a LOT of articles that say to do everything you did and my account is STILL blocked. I’ve literally done every single thing including logging out and waiting over 48 hours.
    I’ve now been action blocked from following for almost two weeks. Is anyone else experiencing this? It looks like there’s no end in sight.
    I’m afraid if I delete my account it’ll really be taken away from me forever and I have so many amazing photos on there and almost 5,000 followers..

  31. I’ve been action blocked temporarily for days they keep saying until tomorrow but once the date is up i like an image and it says action blocked temporarily again. Pls helppppp

  32. Hey i am devesh raghav my account has blocked today so plz tell me and solve my problem tonight ya tomorrow my normally okk tomorrow my account this allaboutme_dev

  33. I have been blocked for three weeks and nothing seems to eliminate this blockage , I have some promotions going on but nothing seems to help , please help me .

  34. Hi… I have got temporary blocked from liking any post, I don’t used any bot or any app and neither do I like too many pictures too often. I got blocked earlier for a day, now it says temporarily blocked..please help

  35. I have been action blocked for more than a week and i report so many times to Instagram but they didn’t fix it? please help me i’m so depressed please reply asap.

  36. Hi, it worked for me. My IG is back and working as per-normal. This is what i do.
    1. Log into from a mobile browser or your computer. ( you can’t temporarily disable your ig account from and within the apps)
    2. Tap select edit profile.
    3. Scroll down, then tap or click ‘Temporarily disable my account’ in the bottom right.
    4. Then, it will ask you, “why are you disabling your account? And, you re-enter your password.
    5. Then, tap or click Temporarily Disable Account.

    I waited for at least a day. And, the next day i sign-in my ig but to my surprised, when i click ‘likes’ to my follower posting. That message (action was blocked and bla bla bla) note still appeared. I decided to wait for a few hours and sign in again. Bam! All back to normal and good.

    Give it a try.

  37. Hi am from india ,i had liked and commented many photos and my action blocked for 24hours. It is said that it will expire on 31-05-2019.yesterday night after 7clock it is there a chance to expire the block at today 7pm

  38. Hey while I m taging any one then I m showing error of action blocked and this error showing more than 2 days and I have no loving with any other app or following likes comment to anyone past so please help me

  39. mine won’t allow me to follow anyone new. where are people seeing a date that their problem should be restored? i’ve done everything suggested but i’m just being told to try again later. please help!

  40. Sir i have done follow all your construction but 2 days are complete… But my Instagram are show again and again action blocked…. Please help me sir quickly

  41. I have tried literally everything..uninstalling, reinstalling, new account, linking FB, waiting days and noTHING is working!

  42. Your are good about idea .. so much, I feel not good this instagram lot problem “action blocked” .. how much do day to open up for action unblocked.. but I’m wait for Instagram cannot entry for follow on day 4 .. “wait much”

    Please I’ll happy for you.

    Thank you ..

  43. It’s been like 3 days and my action have still been blocked. Not doung any spam actions or using third party apps.

  44. Guys it’s more than 4 days since my account got action blocked. I can’t gollow anyone, I’ve literally tried everything. Please help me, I can’t lose this account. Please your help will mean a lot to me.

  45. I have this exact message and the only thing I can think of is, I followed too many people. I was told 100 an hour no more than 600 a day. Just started a biz acct so I’ve been busting my butt trying to get action to that. There is no date as to when this will lifted. I’ve tried following and it gives the message which is the only way I know if it’s lifted or not.
    I’ve reported a problem and clicked Tell Us many times. I don’t know what to do! I’ve been blocked for 5 days so far from following.

  46. Hi
    My following action has been blocked by Instagram for 3 days now.
    I am not using and deleted any apps associated with Instagram. Don’t know what to do..

  47. This is pissing me off. For the last 3 days I’ve been blocked from liking photos, I’ll leave it 30 hours, I’ll like another photo and bam, all fine….

    Until I like ANOTHER photo then I’m blocked again!
    Sort it out Instagram because you’re gonna lose a lot of people.

  48. I got follow up action block,as same ……..I even unlinked and linked again my Facebook account,and also logged out for some time ,I even waited for 24hours ,but my follow up action are still blocked ,how can I solve it ……plz plz plz help me!!!?

  49. I’ve been blocked from following for 4 days now. Has the limit for how many people you can follow per hour/day changed in this new update? Annoying.

  50. I have been blocked for nearly a weeek before that I didn’t even log into my account for a week any solutions because I even reported the issue but nothing is happening

    I’ve been blocked for 8 days now!
    I’m an instagram influencer and it really affects my account… what to do!!?

  52. still don’t work, i cant follow. i can like, comment, dm, instastories, posts – but not follow. from 4th june. help!

  53. so many people has blocked action like me from 4h june but the internet don’t writing about it, i don’t see the news about it. why? can instagram finally fix it?

    • Thats what I thought! I literally have been blocked since june 4th too. I thought I was the only one but I am seeing so many people saying they are blocked too. I have complained to Instagram so many times and tried everything. No help. Did you find anything out?

      • no 🙁 i am still blocked by instagram. i think it’s a bug from instagram but they don’t want to fix it. moreover, the internet don’t writing any news about this problem…

  54. Same here. 8 days of Follow Action block. I have had action blocks before but they never were more then a day. Algorithms are controlling our life, bad algorithms!

    • same same same! but i think it’s a very big bug and instagram don’t want to fix it. idk why. moreover, the internet don’t writing news about this problem.

  55. Hey! It’s been more than a week since the “action blocked” message appears to me every time I try to follow someone. Does anyone know if it’s because of the update ? I don’t know what to do. I thought maybe I’m forever blocked from the app? I hope not because I worked so hard to build my IG …

    • me too and i’m really worried. but i don’t think so it’s update, because i’m not update instagram. now i’m updated but it’s still don’t working. it’s a horrible bug

  56. Anyone find a solution? This is really ridiculous. Even the new IG updates have not helped at all. I contacted IG so many times.

  57. I have 5 accounts that I manage, 3 are blocked from following and 2 are working perfectly. all are running the latest update.
    It does not make sense to me how 3 can be blocked and 2 are fine.

    • same, i have 3-4 accs and the only one, for me the most important, account have the stupid action blocked

    • Yeah, I have 2 accounts and only one has the issue. Really weird and its been really long for IG to not fix it by now. I’m honestly sooo desperate for someone to find a solution and share it because this is really hurting my business by not being able to collab.

  58. My account is blocked from following for a week, it’s the first time I’ve ever been blocked, How can I unblock this? none of these work for me, any way to contact instagram support???

  59. I do not fall into any of the categories, did not do any of those behaviors – linked to FB, no 3rd party app, follow140 and have 49 followers, posted selfies maybe once a wk and like pics of dogs and food that I follow. This is ridiculous! I have tried to contact IG to let them know this is an error…no response! Ridiculous! But yet, I receive the SCAM profiles from military widowed contractors abroad looking for a wife and IG cant stop that to my private acct!!! ??

  60. I have been action blocked by Instagram done nothing I pressed tell us feel quite annoyed i still managed to post my photo but no like it

  61. This is day 3 for me. Not allowed to follow (I can like unfollow and I haven’t tried DM’ing anyone cause I normally don’t).

    Since so many people are posting this, I think it’s a bug.

    Should I write to IG? Any word about when this will be fixed?

  62. I have been blocked from following people for 11 days now and it’s making me so sad as it’s an account for my dogs @the_three_fluffeteers and nothing seems to be the same anymore 🙁

  63. I have been facing this problem from 2 weeks. I waited for 10 days, but after 10 days when I was trying to like feeds.. its again showing action blocked. Please help.
    It has took one month already.

      • The stress. The fear. The inconvenience. All because of this account block. When my friend Jamil recommended me to you… I was sceptical even with your portfolio there are some scammers. The service i recieved from @technician.ig was phenomenal. Professional, Quick and Clean. At a fair price. He is your go to for account blocks no question about it. God bless.

  64. I tried all your suggestions and am still blocked from 4 of my 5 ig accounts. Any ideas? Any way to tell when I’ll be unblocked?

  65. I’ve been blocked for the last 5 days I did all the steps but nothing happend what else should I do??

  66. I don’t understand why it blocked me. Tried to read the article but still don’t get it, anyway I have just logged out and uninstalled the app because I am so annoyed right now, it’s unreasonable what they did.

  67. I’m trying to add a new aaccount to my Instagram. I’ve done this a lot bit have recently not had more than 1 account. It says I’m blocked but it’s been days since I’ve tried to add a new account.

  68. Actually it didn’t work, I logged out from my device and loged in with another device but It is still block.what should I do?

  69. hi, thanks for your article. I tried all the ways that you have suggested but none of them worked. follow and unfollow action of my page has been blocked for two weeks and I dont know what to do. I think that my page was blocked for a short while before that but I didnt pay attention to that because I didnt know that and after that I became blocked again.
    please help me.

    • Same here, the boss of Instagram is sad because S. Gomez deleted the app from her mobile – but he don’t want fix this bug and I don’t know why – it’s tragic

  70. I got unblocked after 2 weeks, I followed the new guidelines of 40 follows per hour and no more than 800 a day. My first day being unblocked and I followed around 300 people all spaced out following the limits. I have just been blocked again…. wtf?

    • the new limit is 6000 follow a month. 300 a day is too much for the new limit. The reason why you got blocked at the beginning is because you probably went over 6000 follow for the past 30 days. After you got unblocked, you should wait for a few days before you start follow again, but never do it more than 200/day.

  71. My action expired 19/06/19 went on it today 20th still cant get on !Changed password, deleted app and still nothing and I have reported it and no reply. Won’t let me link to fb .To scared to log out as I can’t remember if a need an email address as I have forgotten it Please help

    • How did you get yours to work? I have been blocked since June 4th. I have limited my activity but can not follow again. I am pretty tired of reporting to Instagram as they have not helped or replied. Please advise.

      • Same, please, help. I have this block from 4th june and i can’t follow expect some famous people like cristiano

  72. I un-followed lots of people recently, so I know why I have been blocked, but it has been about 2 weeks that I can not follow anyone.
    I reported to IG, and followed all the steps in this article, but I can’t seem to start following people.
    I don’t seem to have a problem with posting and liking.

  73. Same, please, help. I have this block from 4th june and i can’t follow expect some famous people like cristiano

  74. How did you get yours to work? I have been blocked since June 4th. I have limited my activity but can not follow again. I am pretty tired of reporting to Instagram as they have not helped or replied. Please advise.

  75. After weeks of not hearing from Instagram about my action blocked issue I reached out to technician.ig on Instagram who fixed it for me. I had to pay but worth it

  76. Pls. help us we have been blocked from so many days pls unblock our account from block action our instagram account name is ‘THE KOTHI COLLECTIVE’

  77. Hi,

    I have been blocked on Instagram! It does not let me to follow people. I have messaged IG, but not response yet! Can some one help me please ?

    Thank you


  78. I can’t follow anyone it shows me the message “action blocked..” I’ve also done all the steps and nothing happened what else should I do???

    • Read a lot of people got their account working because of technician.ig but wasn’t free, I’m tempted to just pay waiting is so long

  79. After not hearing from Instagram for 3 weeks I paid @technician.ig €23 to help fix my account and he really pulled through for me. I blindly trusted him after reading other people’s reviews on here and on other articles and it really did pay off. Thank you very much @technician.ig I honestly can’t thank you enough! X

  80. I can’t send follow requests through my account since day 1 ? It’s been 3 weeks already now since it’s the same. Can you help please ?

  81. I cant follow anyone since the fourth of June. It’s three weeks today…what should I do ? Is it the new rule for 6000 follows per month ? I think it will never allow me to follow again..

  82. My ig is still blocked since 3 weeks.
    Technician.ig im trying to contact you with my second profile tuof_19 since my main account is blocked from following. If someone can help me please contact me at my second profile tuof_19

  83. i also suffering same problem i block by Instagram for the last 2 weeks pls anyone can help me???

  84. If your still having problems with “Action Blocked” DM technician.ig on Instagram!! My account has been blocked from following anyone for almost a month and he fixed it in less than a week!!

  85. THIS WORKED FOR ME!! If your still having problems with “Action Blocked” DM technician.ig on Instagram!! My account has been blocked from following anyone for almost a month and he fixed it in less than a week!!

  86. My account has been blocked for 10 days now due to IG thinks I follow unfollow in short amount of time. I reported multiple times, stop using third party apps, stop following excessively, and did every single step above. Yet it doesn’t help at all. When will this going to end? Or this ban is going to last forever?

  87. dear sir,

    My account has been blocked for 10 days now due to IG thinks I follow unfollow in short amount of time. I reported multiple times, stop using third party apps, stop following excessively, and did every single step above. Yet it doesn’t help at all. When will this going to end? Or this ban is going to last forever?

    please heeeeeeeeeelp

  88. PLEASE help me, my account is blocked for past one week. Instagram allow me to post pictures but not allowing me to post pictures with captions please help.

  89. I went and got a BRAND NEW device, started over on an ENTIRELY NEW account, with a different e-mail address and yet I am STILL getting this message from Instagram. I literally do not know what else there is that I can possible do. This is CRAZY and I don’t know what else I can possibly do!

  90. i m also trying from 8 to 9 days but instagram is not responding , i have also send a feed back but there is no reply i have also done what have u said how to get rid of this problem but nothing is happening it is not allowing me to follow anyone not even actress if u know another way so plz help me i have drop my gmail over here yell me through this

  91. I had this same thing happen, and it eventually went away after three weeks. Here is my first-hand account of what happens and what you can do (you’ll have to fix the URL because this site’s filters blocks links): http:// wanderinghikers. com/what-to-do-when-instagram-has-action-blocked-your-account/

  92. I have action block for no reason for like week now and i keep contacting instagram, they do nothing.

  93. My account was action blocked by IG. Waited for a week, nothing. Tried everything; change connection, link to facebook, EVERYTHING, yet nothing worked. Eventually I waited for a month, thought maybe it’d be lifted, but nope, still couldn’t follow anyone. I read a lot of people said technician.ig helps unblocking account, didn’t believe it at first but I was desperate. DM-ed the guy, and he legit managed to lift the block in less than a week. I’m so so so glad I found him. If your account is still blocked, look for technician.ig in instagram. DM him, he replies fairly fast and he’ll get it done as soon as he can.

  94. I’ve been waiting for more than 24 hours and nothing have changed. Also, I am using a third party app, but its just a social manager (Hootsuite) Do I have to delete it?

  95. None of these worked I am still blocked and have been got 15 days, when will this end and do you know of the longest you could possibly be blocked

  96. Hey,
    My account has been blocked for ‘like’ and I checked my liked posts and it’s not even a lot. For some reason I cannot like anymore post. Please please help me!

  97. Technician.ig DO NOT USE!!! IT IS A SCAM! He says he’s going to email Instagram and get the block removed and once I paid he deleted his account! I REPEAT DO NOT US technician.ig!

  98. None of the above worked for me . I still not able to use my Instagram. I am not able to follow anyone. Please help me .

  99. I cant follow anyone starting August 4th. Someone please advise. Is anyone having the same issue?? I have tried all things but still nothing.

  100. Hi, I’ve been unable to follow any account for the past one week and this is the first time it’s happening to me and it blocked me from following, please reply. I’ve done everything you listed above still nothing

  101. I get this ‘action blocked’ always and it’s that way for months now not under 24 hours. I need help!

  102. My Instagram account blocked from before last 5 days to still to now action block problem please help me

  103. Its been 5 days now and iv been action blocked i cant comment or i can’t post captions on my posts iv sent reports and tried all this please help


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