13 Responses to “Shadow Banning 101: What It Is and How to Fix It

  • I hope it isn’t a malicious person or competitor reporting your posts. I’ve heard of that happening in other communities.

  • Thank you for sharing this. Yes, there’s a lot of theories out there about shadow banning, but this article is the most make sense to me 🙂

  • My question is, how do you know that your post has been reported or not?

  • Kathleen
    4 years ago

    I am heavily suspecting I am shadow banned on the Fox website. I have used Fox for years, and have noticed in the last year more and more times I can tell no one is seeing my posts. It may be particular to a topic of the story, but I haven’t made that definite connection so I won’t speculate. But I am 95% sure they are shadow banning my comments.
    Now, the natural question would be, what is your political persuasion, since Fox is supposed to have a right-leaning inclination, one would assume I am a liberal. I am not. I am a conservative, and I have long suspected Fox plays both sides of the fence. Now I feel certain they are suppressing my often conservative comments. It is infuriating to be censored. I’ve done this long enough to know I’m not imagining it.
    We are living in very scary times. These corporations, media outlets, are huge. We can’t have them interfering with our First Amendment rights.

    • Hey Kathleen,

      We don’t have any experience with Fox’s website so I’m not sure we can be of any help with your issue. It would be interesting to check if other’s posts who share a similar view to yours are being posted and if it’s against you personally, or the overall view. Though I’m not educated with Fox’s website policies, it’s possible that you may have unknowingly violated one of their guidelines and they thus has shadowbanned you, but like I said I’m not sure of that at all.

      Sorry we can’t help more!

      -Dalton from OddArticulations, LLC

  • I had been shadowbanned twice now. But my post didn’t get deleted, I didn’t use bots or misuse hashtags. I really dont know why. But the first time it went away in 2-3 days. Second time I’m not sure as it happened today.

  • So.. my page on Soundtrap will not let me post, comment, talk to people, invite people to collabs.. like literlly NOTHING. I try to ask the Soundtrap staff on there.. BUT, of course it did not work.. I am super limited.. at least I can change my profile stats.. if you could make a new article on this than that would be great.. I am just way too limited.. I do not even know if this IS a shadow bad. All I know is it’s really annoying so please help somehow!

  • Cindy Wright
    4 years ago

    I have noticed that instead of shadow banning , they are just shadowing your post with another link about voting or Coronavirus …this is happening on facebook and it is not all people it is just the ones that have stated they have been shadowbanned.

  • I have a feeling that Town Hall, the conservative site, has been shadow banning my comments for weeks now. I get no up-votes or responses, friendly or otherwise. Though I am a conservative, I have heterodox opinions, perhaps too much so for the content moderators (i.e., censors) at Town Hall. I don’t have this problem on other sites.

    Is this a common problem on political blog sites as well as social media?

  • They are mad at me because I blocked them tracking me. It looks like NOBODY is seeing much of anything unless they are out of the country. I say what I think and that is not always soothing to the greed hogs. I challenge things, so I am a prime target. They never say much but where I used to get hundreds of responses, I do good to get 10!

  • I laugh at the absurdity that shadow banning does not exist. It certainly does. With the advent of political terminology as being owned by one political party or another or the belief that an issue is “done science” suddenly, it most certainly exists in both conservative and liberal websites. Politics is absolutely the main reason.

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