A shadowban is Twitter’s way of limiting the reach of an account without banning it outright. When a person gets shadowbanned on Twitter, their tweets and replies are no longer visible on their followers’ feeds. The only way to access the tweets is by searching for the shadowbanned account. In some cases, Twitter may also restrict the account from appearing in searches. Once an account gets shadowbanned, the user does not receive any formal notification for it. Usually, shadowbans are handed out when Twitter suspects an account to be a bot or when the user violates the Terms of Service (ToS). In this article, we bring you the top 6 easy methods to check and remove a shadowban on Twitter.
How to check for a shadowban on Twitter
As we mentioned earlier, Twitter does not notify users when placing a shadowban on their account. If you suspect your posts aren’t reaching your audience, there are a few steps you can take to confirm if your account has been shadowbanned. Here are some of them.
Check your Tweet engagements
Since shadowbanning limits the reach of your tweets, a sudden drop in your tweet engagements may point towards an outward restriction of your account. Go through your tweets and notice if there has been a drop in interactions (comments, likes, and retweets) and engagements (impressions, profile clicks) over a period of time. Twitter’s new view count feature is also very helpful in determining the reach of your account. To check the engagement metrics of a particular tweet, click on it and select ‘View Tweet Activity’. If you notice a sharp decline in engagement, chances are your account has been shadowbanned.
Search for your account from the incognito window
Switch to the incognito tab and make an alt account on Twitter. Look up your username in Twitter’s search bar. If your profile does not show up in the results, it means Twitter is actively shadowbanning your account. Sometimes, your profile may show up but the tweets may not be visible. This is also a sign of a shadowban.
Use a Shadowban Test website
There are several third-party test websites that will perform a test on your Twitter account to check whether it has received a shadowban or not. Go to https://hisubway.online/shadowban/ and enter your username in the search field. The website will perform a few tests and will return the relevant results.
How to remove a shadowban on Twitter
Once you’ve confirmed that Twitter has placed a shadowban on your account, there are some steps you can take to ensure it is reversed in due time. Here’s what you can do.
Remove the posts that could have gotten you shadowbanned
Go through your tweets and find out the posts that may have gotten you shadowbanned. Twitter usually shadowbans accounts that post spam, mass follow other accounts, or engage in hateful conduct. Removing any objectionable content from your profile is the first step towards reversing a shadow ban.
Lay low for a while
Once you’ve removed the objectionable content from your profile, lay low and let Twitter assess the situation. Trying to bypass the shadowban by making another account or posting through someone else’s account may result in a permaban (permanent ban). Your best course of action is to reduce your Twitter activity until the ban is reversed.
Contact Twitter support
If you think there was a misunderstanding on Twitter’s end in shadowbanning your account, you can try contacting the Twitter Support team. This is not uncommon, as Twitter tries to restrict bots on its platform. If you posted a lot of content in a very short duration of time, the algorithm may have mistaken you for a bot and handed you a shadowban. This issue can be easily resolved by contacting the Twitter Support team.
These are the top 6 methods to check and remove a shadowban on Twitter. Once the shadowban has been removed, you will see the engagement metrics of your Tweets go up again. Repeat offences and multiple bans in quick succession can also lead to your account getting permabanned.
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