So recently, there’s been a big bomb thrown on us(we the social media users), though it’s been into existence for quite a while, but happens to be secretive. However, lately, it’s been a ‘horrible nightmare’ knocking on everyone’s door as a social media user. Of course, isn’t it obvious and heartbreaking to find out that your posts which usually gets tons of likes and engagement suddenly drops to attracting fewer likes and engagement?. It’s really disheartening to go through such moment isn’t it?.
“At a point in time when it happened to me, I nearly organized a “Public Apology” post for my audience, cos it made me felt they’ve turned their back against me….” Unfortunately, the whole riff-raff wasn’t coming from my end, rather, it’s coming from the big brother hammer behind everyone on social media called “SHADOW BAN“. – user’s feedback.
Hey what’s up guys! Welcome to Gurusprovince, have you been shadow banned? And it’s giving you sleepless nights, maybe also wandering thoughts of closing your account or even quit social media? Nahh, don’t do that! There’s still a bunch of hope for you!! Cos today we ain’t only gonna be disclosing hidden things behind what might have led you to “Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Linkedin(social media) Jail”, we would also be revealing how to go about bailing yourself out.. Viola!! Keep tabs and read on!
Meanwhile, you can get yourself a coffee, kunnu, zobo or any other milk drink along with a bucket of popcorn while you scroll through.
Now, let’s get back to business.
So first of all, what exactly is this Shadow Banning of thing?
WHAT IS SHADOW BAN
According to Wikipedia;
Shadow banning (also called stealth banning, ghost banning or comment ghosting) is the act of blocking or partially blocking a user or their content from an online community such that it will not be readily apparent to the user that they have been banned. For instance, shadow banned comments posted to a blog or media site won’t be visible to other persons accessing that site from their computers.
By partly concealing, or making a user’s contributions invisible or less prominent to other members of the service, the hope may be that in the absence of reactions to their comments, the problematic or otherwise out-of-favour user will become bored or frustrated and leave the site, and that spammers and trolls will not create new accounts.
Shadow ban is everywhere! Facebook, Twitter, InstHasagram, Linkedin, Pinterest, etc..
History of Shadow Ban
Well, history? Obviously, there’s nothing like shadow ban history. Because shadow ban itself began since the beginning of the world. Every platform comes with shadow ban, although some may not announce it publicly that such thing exit – to avoid losing users.
How Do I Know If My Account/Page Has Been Shadow Banned?
It’s very simple! Best way to detect is when you perceived your posts which usually gets tons of likes and engagement suddenly drops to low interactivity and engagement…
If you want to know whether you have been banned or not, monitor your number of followers and interactions on your publications. If you realize that the traffic has decreased on your account unexpectedly, one of the reasons could be that you have been banned by that particular platform.
Kindly note, having a low interactivity on a single post doesn’t mean you’re a victim of shadow ban. So don’t quote me wrong.
How Can I Un-ban Myself From Shadow Ban?
Fun fact: Shadow Ban doesn’t have a jail-term period.
Meanwhile, few researches was done, and it was found that sometimes, it takes two days, 1 week, 1 month and sometimes months..
How did I come about the research? Well, It’s was done using several users account.
While that’s that, let’s proceed to how to get yourself Un-ban from shadow ban.
If you believe that you have been shadow-banned by any social media platform and you don’t know how to stop it, we share with you some techniques to get rid of it:
Although it might be tiresome, don’t procrastinate. Try to locate all your hashtags and check whether they have been banned or not. Once you delete the ones that’s been banned, your account may stop being shadowbanned.
Stop using third-party tools
If you use tools or bots to manipulate and earn more likes, followers, etc., kindly stop using them.
Report the problem to support
If you consider that you didn’t do anything wrong or inappropriate or think that you’ve been already taken all the necessary actions to eliminate shadowbanning, but your content is still banned, report this situation to contact support to get it solved.
Things that leads to Shadow Ban
There are lots of things one can do to become a shadow ban convict. We shall be listing few common one..
- To have been reported recently by someone else
- Usage of software that publishes for you
- The use of banned hashtags
If you suspect that you might have been shadowbanned after using a hashtag, try this:
Search for a hashtag that you have used on your publications recently. If it appears in the search results, in theory, it seems there is no problem with it. However, if it doesn’t appear, you’d know that the hashtag used is banned by that particular (temporarily or permanently).
Is Hash tag Bad?
Don’t get it wrong! Hashtag isn’t bad. In fact, as long as social media is concerned, #Hashtag is king! There are lots of benefits attached to hashtag. Hashtags are one of the best ways to grow your engagement and attract new followers. It’s also important to be conscious of how you behave on social media platform to avoid being penalized. In a nutshell, hashtag isn’t BAD!!
Why should you even do that? Hell nah! Don’t stop!..
Before you conclude that your account has been shadow banned, always do a proper research(es) before attesting to a claim that you’ve been shadow banned!!.
What do you think about Shadow ban? What are your experience(s) so far? Why not share with us in the comment section below..