Last night I noticed something odd on twitter (lower case intentional, I’m peeved). I was live-tweeting during a favorite TV program and the likes and retweets on my posts dropped. Seemed odd, it didn’t make much sense, but I had a thought and entered my twitter ID in a shadowban checker and sure enough, I’ve been shadowbanned.
Shadowbanning is a VERY
passive-aggressive way to ban a user. In my opinion, it’s a form of bullying (and for the record, I was the one bullied growing up, I never did the bullying).
Here’s a good description of shadowbanning. In a nutshell, if I post in a hashtag – I’ll use #StarTrek as an example – no one will see my posts. If you follow me on Twitter, I will show up in your feed, but that’s it.
Make sense? No, it doesn’t to me either.
The reason I used the shadowban checker is I know of two other twitter users who are shadowbanned, and there’s nothing offensive about either account. And nothing offensive about mine, from what I can tell, but check out my account and judge for yourself.
I keep my account pretty politics-free. My humor is dry and sarcastic, and I do think my posts reflect it. Did I follow a person or an organization twitter deems controversial or dangerous? Did I like something twitter deems offensive? Do they keep track of me not liking the ads they post, or maybe I’ve reported one too many tweets and people who were espousing racist rhetoric and violence? I’m sure the answer is something like I got snared by an algorithm, but what exactly, I can’t tell you.
I have sent several tweets to @Twitter and @TwitterSupport asking why I’ve been shadowbanned, but so far, crickets, nothing. My guess is those accounts aren’t monitored by human beings.
Even Dilbert comic strip creator Scott Adams was been shadowbanned.
If you want to find out if you’re shadowbanned, click on this link.
I’m furious, and I want answers.