What Does SHADOWBAN Mean?

SHADOWBAN means "Partial Block." It's when a social media site stops showing a user’s content without their knowledge. Shadowbanned is a term seen commonly on social media. When a social media site issues a shadow ban to a user, it makes their posts and comments no longer visible to other users. It is particularly a problem for users on TikTok, Instragram, and Youtube who rely on user views and comments in order to gain popularity.

On TikTok, a user who has had their visibility reduced due to misconduct usually doesn't get made aware. As a result, their videos will stop appearing on TikTok's "For You page" (FYP) as frequently as they did before.

A shadow ban is slightly different to a regular ban as the ‘shadow’ part of the phrase refers to the fact that a user wouldn’t know that the ban has happened. They would only guess by their drastic drop in engagement. Because there's no way to confirm a shadowban, some users may claim to have been shadowbanned, when in reality, their content just isn't very popular.

Summary of Key Points

"Partial Block" is the most common definition for SHADOWBAN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Partial Block
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s


When I write SHADOWBAN, I mean this:

meaning of SHADOWBAN
[A shadowbanned person's videos won't appear on the For You Page.]


Examples of SHADOWBAN in Sentences

Here are examples of SHADOWBAN being used in conversations:
  • Kayla: My new account has been SHADOWBANNED again.
  • Harriet: Just make a new one.
  • Daisy: No one is commenting on my new videos.
  • Leah: Have you been given another SHADOWBAN?

An Academic Look at SHADOWBAN

Shadowban is typically used as a noun (i.e., a naming word). For example:
  • Are you sure you don’t have a shadowban?
  • (Here, SHADOWBAN is being used as a noun.)

Example of SHADOWBAN Used in a Text


See Also

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