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.


When I write SHADOWBAN, I mean this: meaning of SHADOWBAN [A shadowbanned person's videos won't appear on the For You Page.]

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


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


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