What is Shadow Banning on Social Networks and How Can We Avoid It?


Shadow Banning or also known as Shadowban is a phenomenon that is affected by many users of social networks, among them celebrities and politicians who claim to be victims of this phenomenon that is becoming more and more frequent; But if you do not know what it means to be a victim of Shadow Banning in this post we will explain What is Shadow Banning on social media and how can we avoid it?

What is Shadow Banning on social media?

Shadow Banning (shadow banning in Spanish) is the action carried out by social networks to limit or silence those accounts or profiles that violate the terms and conditions established by social networks. The objective of this ban is to keep the users that make up said social network safe from people who may be using their profile to cause damage.

When Shadowban is applied to a user this occurs without any notification, therefore the owner of the profile does not realize that he was silenced because his comments and publications will continue to appear in his account, but only will be limited to your followers; As a consequence, its content will not be visible to those users who do not follow it, so your account will not grow because your publications will not be shown to new followers.

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The ban is mainly caused by the misuse of social media; such as massively repeating the same hashtags, following many accounts in a short time, using third-party tools or some people make massive complaints about the account; then the social network in question places a type of fine, that is, it limits the scope of the profile.

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Knowing if you are a victim of Shadow Banning is simple, check if the scope of your posts and interaction it comes down to just your followers. For example, on Instagram you can check who has viewed your stories, if only your followers do so, maybe your account was silenced.

Another thing you can do is make a post with a hashtag, then ask a person other than your follower to search for that hashatg, if the person does not get that post, it is because your account was silenced.

Tips to avoid falling victim to Shadow Banning

  • Avoid being a victim of Shadowban by reading the terms and conditions of each social network established so as not to violate its rules without realizing it.
  • Never generate Spam on your social networks; This happens when you post the same content repeatedly on the same day. For example, on Instagram you can generate spam when you repeat the same hashtags in a massive way.
  • Avoid posting content that encourages violence, discriminatory messages, nude images or pornography, as this type of content leads to your account being silenced. On Instagram you should be careful with the type of hashtags (#) that you use because some may make mention of pornography, violence or disrespect for the norms of a country, that is why you must use the hashtags correctly in each of your publications.
  • Never use bots to increase your number of friends, followers or to increase your likes or likes.

person using their social networks correctly to avoid shandowban

  • Don’t send friend requests or follow-ups in bulk the same day, don’t like too many likes or likes in a short amount of time.
  • Never comment on the publications of other users in bulk, many users tend to make 60 comments to different members of a social network in one hour plus 60.
  • Post with content that is not offensive nor harmful, because if users report or denounce your account you will be a victim of Shadow Banning and in the most extreme cases your account can be deleted forever.
  • Never use third-party tools to manipulate your social networks, because sooner or later they will damage the reputation of your account and you will end up being a victim of Shadowban.
  • Take care that your comments towards other users are not violent or discriminatory.

When a social network applies a Shadowban it is usually removed after two or three weeks, but for this you must avoid making publications and any type of comment, also you must not give likes. Follow the advice in this post to avoid being a victim of Shadowban on the most popular social networks of the moment.

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