Am I Shadowbanned?

What Is Shadowbanning?

Shadowbanning is an increasingly common tactic used on social media and news websites that reduces or eliminates your content’s visibility without notifying you. The goal of shadowbanning is to fight back against spammers by blocking their posts and driving down the effectiveness of their activity. If spammers do not know whether their accounts have been blocked, they could waste a lot of time posting content that nobody sees.

Sites That Shadowban

Almost all of the most popular platforms make extensive use of shadowbanning. Although the practice of shadowbanning is viewed very negatively by the vast majority of users, it is likely that this practice will only become more common in the years ahead. Therefore, it is vital to be able to recognize when you have been hit with a shadowban on the websites that you use the most.

Facebook

Facebook makes use of a policy known as “remove, reduce, and inform.” If you post content that moderators perceive to be in violation of the website’s terms of service, that content will be removed. Your entire account could also be banned. In these cases, you will receive an explicit email notification that you have violated Facebook’s terms.

Instagram

Instagram has publicly stated that “shadowbanning is not a thing” on its platform. In reality, what an ordinary person would consider being shadowbanned on instagram is a common practice. The company has publicly stated that it penalizes content that it sees as “inappropriate.” Most of the “inappropriate” content is sexual in nature. However, it is widely known that Instagram regularly uses its shadowbanning capabilities to reduce the reach of content that is controversial. Instagram is owned by Facebook, so users should assume that it uses the same technologies Facebook uses to reduce the visibility of posts.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn has started to shadowban posts for many reasons. Unlike other social media websites, LinkedIn has always focused on professionals. Consequently, LinkedIn is particularly sensitive to low-quality content. Users who regularly attempt to promote themselves with spam and cross-posted content are regularly shadowbanned.

YouTube

YouTube has become notorious for shadowbanning its users. Although YouTube is not a typical social media network, it does rely solely on videos and comments that are often made by small creators. Even major content creators, such as PewDiePie, have had their reach reduced by YouTube’s shadowbanning algorithm.

Ways to Avoid Getting Shadowbanned

The reality is that you cannot always control when you receive a shadowban on today’s platforms. Many shadowbans are automatically issued by algorithms, so mistakes are often made. Additionally, it is not in the interests of platforms to publicly explain exactly when users can get shadowbanned. Therefore, you have to do your own research and stay cautious to avoid getting a shadowban.

Am I Shadowbanned? How to Tell If You’re Shadowbanned?

There’s no way to tell for sure if your account is shadowbanned. However, you could try using third-party websites, which claims to be able to detect a shadowban:

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