We all remember Sesame Street and their new word of the day. I had never heard of the term until I read it somewhere online and they were talking and writing about. Shadow Banning is also called stealth banning, ghost banning or comment ghosting is the act of deliberately blocking a user or their contents or comments from an online community in such a way that it will not be readily apparent to the user that they have been banned.
I asked myself why would anyone do that?
I read Twitter now doesn’t allow that, if you ban someone who is following you then their followership is removed from your account. I think it could be that way because I don’t think it’s right to use someone as a body count on your forum to increase your standing but doesn’t respect anything they have to say or doesn’t want to read to anything they have written. That’s just plain wrong. I think it is better to come out and tell the person rather than be a coward about it.That way they can move on to someplace else and won’t be kept in the dark thinking their messages are actually reaching someone.
When I don’t want to read what someone has to say I simply unsubscribe or if I don’t unsubscribe I don’t read it. I didn’t know any such thing as shadow banning existed.
The site I read they gave clues to recognize when it may be happening.
- A user has been using the service more than six months on a fairly frequent basic and never receive any comments, likes, or respond to nothing they post. No matter what it is no one acknowledge it. I guess the six months time frame is saying give the forum enough time for others to get to know you. I don’t know.
- The user has an unusual high percentage of subscribing and immediate unsubscribers.
- No one says anything to the user except scammers and spammers who wish to use their account to further their agenda.
It caught my attention because as an author this would be a mega waste of your time to post things and someone is deliberately blocking them.