Shadow banning, also called stealth banning, ghost banning or comment ghosting, is the act of blocking or partially blocking a user or their content from an online community so that it will not be readily apparent to the user that they have been banned. For instance, shadow banned comments posted to a blog or media website will not be visible to other persons accessing that site from their computers.

By partly concealing, or making a user's contributions invisible or less prominent to other members of the service, the hope may be that in the absence of reactions to their comments, the problematic or otherwise out-of-favour user will become bored or frustrated and leave the site, and that spammers and trolls will not create new accounts.
I was trolling a snowflake FB group and got my ass shadow banned, it was fun while it lasted.

Dude i have to keep shadow banning these extremists for posting lies and fake news.
by Sir Kick Ass October 14, 2020
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Basically a dumb thing people say on tiktok when their videos don’t get a lot if likes and views.
Person 1: dude i think im shadow banned on tiktok
Person 2: no you’re not you just posted a video that no one wanted to watch.
Person 1: no im just shadow banned maybe i can buy some likes
Person 2: smh
by Ya_boi_is_gay01 January 05, 2021
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A pathetic excuse a person uses when their tik tok video did not get many views/likes.
Person 1: “your vids get like no views bro”
Person 2: “yeah I know I got shadow banned
Person 1: “stfu man, there ain’t such a thing you just not cutting it with your trash content”
by R3AL T4LK September 01, 2020
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A silent ban on an individual user for violating terms of use or etiquette on a news aggregate website. A banned user is dropped from the system without any warning or explanation. Also know as a zero point ban.
"I kept submitting content and got no responses, until I messaged the mods and found I was shadow banned from that forum."
by standtheretilsober September 12, 2013
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