Shadow Banning? What is it?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. The user has an unusual high percentage of subscribing and immediate unsubscribers.
  3. 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.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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7 Responses to Shadow Banning? What is it?

  1. How I found this term is I was looking for another dark plot to add to a book. Something bad that the antagonist Nikola might would do connected with computers of the future. I didn’t use it for it’s not devilish enough Nikola to do.


  2. Dave Hurst says:

    Lots of sites does this to writers. Because they won’t talk about the latest trends. I think it’s wrong but they are a business promoting themselves and authors won’t comply with the subject being discussed.

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    • Thanks for informing us this is a common practice. I wasn’t aware of that information. I thought people were free to post what they wanted just so long as they aren’t attacking anyone. But I don’t think most writers have a problem occassionally discussing the topic being discussed if it is logical. Most aren’t going to engage in topics they consider beneath their intelligent and it’s wrong to expect someone to do so. I agree most writers aren’t going to talk about the hot celebrity and her husband or baby. Or the typically popular, in style topic dominated by the latest headlines, photographs, and sensational stories. You see, writing is how writers makes a living. It’s their job and sometimes discussing the latest hot issue isn’t going to sell their articles or books and to devote their already crunched time to something pulling food out of their families’ mouth is counterproductive. I am sure anyone understands that to an author who isn’t selling anything because they are devoting all their time to tabloids while writing about someone else who is making millions is not a good usage of time.


  3. Dave Hurst says:

    I didn’t say it made sense. I stated the reason why. But you writers could get around this if guys promoted each other. Sure in no other profession would anyone feel it’s OK to expect the people to do something like this but in writing it is.

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  4. Amanda Stevens says:

    Alma, people can get shadowed banned for just about anything nowadays. You gotta kiss rear ends and make yourself into a fake not to get shadow banned. Anyone who has a brain and is using it will experience shadow banning.

    On Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 7:42 PM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra

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