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Twitter Shadowban Check and How To Fix Quickly

Most social media networks have started limiting the accounts of users who violate its terms of service. This penalty which is now referred to as shadow banning has affected many users who engage in any behaviour that might violate its rules. If you get a twitter shadowban your followers may stop seeing your posts and this can be quite bad for business especially if you use a site like LinkedIn to get sales leads for your business. Unfortunately, the platforms do not provide a lot of information about this limiting penalty therefore you might not know if your account is affected or how to fix the issue.

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The Twitter Shadowban Process

Shadow banning as a term refers to banning an account from an online community. It is also known as stealth banning or ghost banning and affects accounts that are found to be in violation of the rules and terms of service used to regulate the online community.

Twitter has rolled out stealth banning by cranking up its algorithm. Therefore, if your tweet gets 100 replies, you might only be able to see about 10 of them – with the rest showing up as shadow banned tweets. This social media platform bases its bans based on user reports. It works through AI (artificial intelligence) learning about the things that get other users to mute or block an account.

For instance, if people who are pro-global warming decide to block any global warming dissenting account, then the shadow banning AI will affect the latter. By so doing, dissent will be censored on Twitter.
On the other hand, shadow banning also hides hash tags searches for the affected users/accounts. Therefore, if Twitter shadow bans your account, your tweets might show up under particular hashtags but other users might not be able to see them.

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How to Check if Your Account Has Been Shadow Banned on Twitter

To find out whether you have been affected by a shadow ban on Twitter use our free Twitter Shadow Ban testing tool. You can also log into the platform through a different account and check whether your account shows up under any of the hashtags you have been using.

You can also check from your account. If you are experiencing a ban, you won’t be able to see your recent photos in the Most Recent grid because Twitter will shroud them in invisibility from everyone except your followers. This might prove annoying, especially if you try to engage with and reach a large audience.

Other signs that your might have been shadow banned include:
– Any mention you make will not trigger notifications
– Your account will not show up in the search feature
– Your replies will not appear in threads and conversations
– Your tweets might be hidden from some of your followers to limit your influence
– Your tweets might sometimes show up with the “unavailable at this time” label

5 Possible Fixes To Rectify A Twitter Shadowban

You should be using white listed twitter automation tools, but before learning how to correct your shadow ban on Twitter, you might first want to take some preventative measures to protect your account.

Consider the following:
– Try our short online course to help you remove restrictions.
– Assess and monitor your online behavior
– Avoid using automated websites and apps
– Learn how to identify dangerous websites and apps
– Learn how to spot and avoid banned hashtags

If Twitter already shadow banned you, there are several fixes you can use to correct the issue. Below are the top 5 fixes:
a) Never use bots
b) Don’t post too much on Twitter
c) Report to Twitter whenever you have a problem with your account
d) Occasionally take a break from using your account
e) Use comments, messages, and posts to prove your innocence to Twitter

Using the fixes above will ensure that Twitter lifts the shadow ban on your account. Try them out today, and continue using this social media platform according to their terms of service and you shouldn’t have another similar altercation in the future.

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29 thoughts on “Twitter Shadowban Check and How To Fix Quickly”

  1. Isaac King says:

    Quick update: I am now offering an online course to help you remove the Shadowban on your Twitter account. It will explain why it happens and how to remove it and prevent it from happening again. https://nicebrains.com/courses/courses/twitter-impressions/

  2. Kimberly says:

    I believe my account is shadow banned and I can’t for the life of me figure out why.

    Question: how does one contact Twitter over this.

    Also you said use comments and messages to prove innocence, can you give examples of this?

    1. Isaac King says:

      Hey Kimberly, You can get in touch with Twitter through their Help Center. In terms of using comments and messages to prove innocence, it is all about engaging with your existing followers a lot more than you currently do. This will show that you are active on the network.
      Hope that helps 🙂
      Isaac

    2. Chei says:

      Hi,
      If my account is shadowbanned, cant I log in to it until I’m no longer shadowbanned?

      Thanks in advance.

      1. Isaac King says:

        Yes you can but you have to make changes to the way you tweet!

  3. Teal Rose says:

    Ok, so when major music industry awards are decided by which artist gets the most vote tweets, and one artist’s fans get all the major fan accounts of another artist shadowbanned by blocking us, and the whole point of the exercise is to tweet as many votes as possible…. being locked out for tweeting a lot seems to be a bit counter-productive here.
    I and a bunch of my mutuals and a bunch of their mutuals are all running multiple accounts trying to get our own vote count up, not using any more sophisticated automation than copy and paste, retweet and scroll, and as far as we can tell we’re all shadowbanned and all our votes aren’t being counted. We are interacting with each other, retweeting and replying to each other’s votes, including commentary on our own lives as we go – but the goal is volume of tweets, and we are locked down for tweeting too much.
    How do we fix this? It’s just going to keep happening!

    1. Isaac King says:

      Hello Teal,

      I think this sort of thing can get flagged as spam by Twitter! I think the best way to fix this is hold back for a while, and return to tweeting normally because you don’t want to look like a bot. Anytime you tweet, try to get as much as possible to get engagements on your tweets like commenting, liking and retweets because your tweet to engagement ratio needs to look reasonable or else you might look like a bot.

      Check out how we are doing it over at https://www.twitter.com/nicebrainsltd/

      hope this helps.

  4. jim bravos says:

    My account is eight years old.
    Over a hundred thousand followers.
    A typical tweet only gets a couple hundred impressions.
    Am I being shadow banned?

    1. Isaac King says:

      Hi Jim, It is likely!

      Have you used our free tool to check: Twitter shadowban checker

      1. jim bravos says:

        Yes. It found one tweet. Big deal, that’s a far cry from a hundred thousand.

        1. Isaac King says:

          Hey Jim, this gives you an indication. I offer a short online course to help you remove the shadowban. View it here: https://nicebrains.com/courses/courses/twitter-impressions/

  5. Lance says:

    Hello Isaac, my account became shadow banned just the other day. What upsets me is I was legitimately debating politics with a group of people and a few called me a bot; I believe they reported me as a bot. I am clearly not a bot; nor am I from or in Russia. There do not seem to be any means to contact Twitter to prove my innocence. Can you please advise if you know of a way?

    Thanks!

    1. Isaac King says:

      Hey Lance, I know how frustrating this can be! The issue is that sometimes Twitter technology gets it wrong when deciding if an account is using bots or not. Our course can help you – https://nicebrains.com/courses/courses/twitter-impressions/

  6. Arvind Sankar says:

    Good Evening have been #Shadowbanned for 1-2 weeks how much days would it take to get my ban lifted

    1. Isaac King says:

      Hey Arvind, our course will give you the best actionable advice on how to remove the shadowban. Check it out here: https://nicebrains.com/courses/courses/twitter-impressions/

  7. Brie says:

    Any updates on this? My account was shadowbanned, so I opened a 2nd one yesterday. Maybe 30 minutes later, it was shadowbanned too! My behavior is anything but botlike. I’m so angry and tempted to throw twitter out with the facebook water. Help.

    1. Isaac King says:

      Hey Brie, I know how frustrating it can be! But you probably shouldn’t open another account. Try to recover the main one. The reason these bans are happening is to prevent spam on Twitter. Our course can help you lift the ban – https://nicebrains.com/courses/courses/twitter-impressions/

  8. Anthony says:

    I am very confused about how I was shadow banned. I am using Twiends which they seem to suggest that wouldn’t be an issue (I have since cancelled this) and my automation has been out other than Buffer.

    I was follow churning pretty bad for a few days by using Crowdfire, but I intend to stop using that.

    Any idea what could be done wrong? I share my links to my podcast, but not as often as I tweet regular things.

    1. Isaac King says:

      Hey Anthony, You’ve mentioned a few things which could potentially get flagged up like follow churning and using a 3rd party service to increase followers. I am offering a course to help you remove the shadowban. Schedule a call with me today: https://nicebrains.com/courses/courses/twitter-impressions/

  9. Sharath says:

    Hi Issac,
    Thanks for the info,must say your shadow ban testing tool has been really helpful.Coming to the issue – I recent got shadow banned – during start of March.Me along with group of friends/followers in twitter got shadow banned together.

    I initially felt it was a twitter glitch and ignored but then got to know the problem. I dint not tweet for a week and then it got revoked

    I felt there are few things –
    1.The shadow ban seems to be contagious, interacting with a shadow banned user got me shadow banned
    2.There seems to be some key words which when used gets people shadow banned
    3.People having a strong account(with more than 5k plus followers seemed to have their account intact)

    So when I got unbanned, I was mindful of these things ,tweeted less(7 per day) but I still got myself shadow banned.Previously I got a warning message from twitter saying that my account was locked and I must verify my phone to unlock it.(when I unlock myself, I noticed I was shadow banned).However in this case, I got shadow banned without any warning, no idea what caused this time.(there was one tweet where I criticised a celeb,not a big celeb though but it got about 17 likes and 4 retweets(some of them from shadow banned accounts))

    Its going to be one week since I got banned, if I dont get unbanned within two days, its a case of concern.

    1. Isaac King says:

      Hey Sharath, thanks for sharing. You did the right things. I feel like Twitter is trying to make sure that their systems flag up anything that looks like bullying or negativity so they are taking a strong stance on accounts. It’s really important to stay away from shadow banned accounts and anything that feeds negativity on Twitter. If you need any help, check out our online course – https://nicebrains.com/courses/courses/twitter-impressions/

    2. Leila says:

      Sharath , you’re describing my case exactly. I have two accounts, one where I retweet a lot of stuff, and this one which I don’t use a lot, just sometimes to post some of my art, and I’ve been reviving it slowly from its slumber. Yesterday while I was navigating on my PC (and on my phone since I have the app) I got a screen saying my account has been banned/blocked. without reason So I followed the necessary steps (the captcha code, and I give my phone number) and I have it unblocked again. The next day I realized I had been shadowbanned! I follow very few people, all official accounts, and if I have interacted with shadowbanned people – I don’t think so! But I know I’ve talked and I’m friends with people that have been shadowbanned on my other account, and it never got blocked. And I certainly haven’t engaged in any confrontation or abusive situation at all. This is all so strange. It’s been three days since your ban, did they lift it?

  10. Steve says:

    Hi Isaac,

    I have found myself shadow banned, but like many, I’m not sure why. I am a recent newcomer to Twitter (maybe 4 months) and I just now have over 100 followers who I tend to follow back. I don’t use any automation or third party tools to interact with Twitter, nor do I sell anything.

    I post a few times per day, retweet, follow and like in what, to me, are not excessive amounts. Yet all of a sudden followers aren’t seeing my tweets and the shadowban tool shows that I am indeed shadowbanned.

    My question to you is this – I’m on a fixed income, fully disabled and homebound, so Twitter is important to me to reach and communicate like-minded folks. While your fees look reasonable, I’m wondering if you can tell me what the average consultation takes in minutes? Then I can make a decision about whether or not I can afford it.

    Thank you for your time and your efforts to help folks with this issue.

    1. Isaac King says:

      Hey Steve, I understand your situation I’m stay at home too and this is how I communicate. My calls only last between 15 – 20 minutes. This is because I go through your account and tell you exactly what you need to do and how to change your activity to lift the ban and prevent it from happening again. Thanks

    2. Jae says:

      Hey Steve! It’s been known there’s been a recent wave of sudden shadowbans in twitter, for no reason. Twitter has already fixed this apparently. Don’t hesitate to send them a message though. I did, and it helped.
      Cheers!

  11. John says:

    Hi Isaac,

    I’ve decided to leave my account untouched from today, but I’ve seen some odd occurances recently. All my fellows on Twitter, one by one got censored for no particular reason and it all happens right after Wednesday (April 18th 2018). At first, only one of us got shadow banned and a few days later, we all got caught in shadow banned plague. This is extremely annoying and upsetting since we didn’t use any automated apps/sites and yet this happened. As far as I know, someone stated that Twitter had released some high-level shadowbanning recently and it has affected a lot people. So do you have any thoughts about this situation?

    1. Isaac King says:

      Hi John, it could be a glitch in their system but I would refrain from anyone you know if shadowbanned, so don’t comment or like their tweets. Have a look at my short course for more techniques: https://nicebrains.com/courses/courses/twitter-impressions/

  12. Amy says:

    Hello!
    My account is being shadowbanned by twitter and I consider this shadowban to be absolutely for no reason. Because earlier my account was blocked even when I didn’t violated any of the twitter rules, I reported the issue, nicely, twitter unlocked it. But as soon as they unlocked my account, I realized they shadowbanned it. Its been over 5 days and my account is still shadowbanned. What should I do? Is this shadowban forever? Please tell me.

    1. Isaac King says:

      Hi Amy, in this instance, I would ease up on the tweeting for a while. I’ve actually written a short online course to help you lift the ban and prevent it from happening again here: https://nicebrains.com/courses/courses/twitter-impressions/

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