Have you been posting many comments on YouTube? Have you been posting comments that may infringe YouTube’s ToS or guidelines? There is a high probability that you have been shadowbanned by YouTube.
In this article I will explain what is YouTube’s comment shadowban, how to find out whether you have been shadowbanned or not & what to do if you find out that you have been shadowbanned.
What is the YouTube comment shadowban?
Shadowban in general is a lighter form of ban. The main difference between being banned and shadowbanned is that shadowbanned person doesn’t know that he has been shadowbanned.
Shadowbanned person won’t get any notification stating that he infringed the guidelines and now some of his actions on YouTube are restricted.
If person gets shadowbanned, then his comments won’t be visible to public, however, he will still see comments and may think that they are visible to everybody. It is done with the purpose.
It takes time for shadowbanned person to find out that he has been shadowbanned. Meanwhile, YouTube’s staff gets extra time to evaluate person’s actions while shadowbanned person keeps spamming in comments but users on YouTube do not see any of his comments.
It is done with the purpose to protect social community from spammers and abusers.
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How to know if your YouTube comments have been shadowbanned?
YouTube mostly shadowbans users who are spamming (advertising) in the comments section, writing several identical comments or writing comments that are abusive or infringe YouTube’s guidelines in other ways.
You can find out whether your comment have been shadowbanned by doing a simple test.
You just need to log out from your YouTube account and check the video you left your comment on while logged out.
If you can see your comment there, it means that you haven’t been shadowbanned. However, if you can’t see your comment while logged out, it means that your comment was hidden from public view and you have been shadowbanned.
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What to do if you have been shadowbanned?
There is a positive side to shadowbans too. They are always temporary, usually lasting no more than a day or two. If you have been shadowbanned, you need to stop doing what you have been doing and give your YouTube account a rest.
If you continue spamming in comments or doing any other activity against YouTube’s ToS, then your account will stay shadowbanned till you stop such actions.
That’s the beauty of shadowban compared to a standard ban, you don’t need to submit any request to YouTube or ask to remove ban, you just need to do nothing for a while! So, be patient and shadowban will be removed automatically.
I hope that your comments weren’t shadowbanned. However, if you have been shadowbanned, at least now you know what you should do to be unbanned.
If you have any more questions, leave a comment below!