Have you noticed less engagement and organic reach on your Twitter post? Wondering whether your Twitter account is in good standing?
If you have noticed audience to be less engaged in your Twitter tweets and saw your popularity on Twitter plummeting, this may be the cause of Twitter shadow ban.
In this article you are going to learn what Twitter shadow ban is and I will explain how you can check whether you have been shadow banned on Twitter or not.
Let’s get started!
What is a Twitter shadow ban?
Twitter shadow ban is a form of ban which is not obvious to the banned user. If you are banned, you immediately know that by getting notifications or other warnings directly from social media platform. However, while being shadow banned, no one informs you about it.
While shadow banned on Twitter, account is still allowed to use Twitter as usual, however, shadow banned user won’t be displayed in search results and user’s tweets won’t be visible to other users.
Users are mainly getting shadow banned because of aggressive or demeaning language use, spamming (tweeting or sending too many private messages), aggressive follow/unfollow feature use and etc.
By shadow banning Twitter wants to protect its community from any kind abuse and spam. It protects users from spammers or other abusive activity that is not pleasant to the Twitter community.
You may be thinking why Twitter does not simply ban such account. Well, shadow ban gives Twitter a little bit of extra time, because spammer won’t understand that his tweets are not visible to other users. If he would know this, then he would probably create a new account right afterwards and continue spamming from a new account.
How to know if you have been shadow banned on Twitter?
If you noticed your engagement or organic reach decrease, then there is a high possibility that you have been shadow banned by Twitter. However, to know for sure you can either check it by yourself or use third-party services to do that for you.
Follow the steps below to check whether you have been shadow banned on Twitter:
- Log out of your Twitter account or open up your internet browser in incognito mode;
- Go to Twitter’s search page (https://twitter.com/search);
- In the search box, type in “from:yourusername”. Don’t forget to replace yourusername to your username on Twitter. Click on “Search” button;
- You will be displayed the results affiliated with your Twitter account. If you see your tweets, it means that you haven’t been shadow banned. However, if you don’t see any of your tweets, it means that your account has been shadow banned by Twitter.
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What to do if you are shadow banned on Twitter?
The first thing you need to do is to stop tweeting, sending messages and keep away from any other activity for at least 48 hours. This will let your account cool down and Twitter will unblock your account right afterwards.
If you have been spamming a lot, then you should let your account rest for a week or so. This should be enough to get your account out of shadow ban and back to good standing.
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I hope that you found this guide helpful and now will know what Twitter shadow ban is & learned how to check whether you have been shadow banned or not.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!