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Banning a user from a web forum in such a way that the banned user is unaware of the ban. Usually takes the form of showing that user's posts/profile/etc. only to that user; other users never see them. Considered underhanded chicken-shit behavior.
Fark has turned into a bunch of shadowbanning pricks.
by Atario June 20, 2007
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Who fucking knows anymore? First, it meant factual, and now it means fictional. What the fuck, internet... what the fuck?
wrong-->"Oh my god, Jessica, your post literally scared me to death" right--> "I literally wrote this post at 3:04 A.M."
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Being banned from a social media platform, such as Instagram, in a way that you're content is invisible to everyone else, and therefore you barely get any views or likes. This is because they're too pussy to let you know you're being banned.
It usually happens for no reason at all and there's nothing you can do about it except wait for a couple of days.
Goddamn it I can't believe I got shadowbanned on Instagram! What a bunch of pussies. Remove the shadowban!!
by GoatLord666 July 18, 2020
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When totalitarian entities use automated algorithms in social media to 'back page' or make content or users no longer findable

These bans are usually set in place to prevent quality content such as criticism, investigative methods or political commentating
Has anybody noticed that conservative and conspiracy media is being ShadowBanned?

I can tell by going to YouTube statistics sites that my views are not being shown for what they actually are, we're being ShadowBanned folks while van life gets artificial growth
by CeeCrazzy August 24, 2019
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A method of banning users where their posts are visible only to them. Created to prevent spammers, trolls, and flamers from realizing they have been banned and creating new accounts.

Considered underhanded chicken-shit behavior by trolls who hate being trolled.
I’ve been posting right-wing crap all over the forum, but no one is biting. I think I’ve been shadowbanned.
by username951 May 25, 2011
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A Shadowban is an excuse trolls and sad people use to justify why no one bothers to read, reply or like the content that they post online. They assume that it must be because their content is hidden from public view, in fact they're just boring.
I know for sure I've been shadowbanned because hardly anyone comments or likes my posts on Twitter. It's definitely a shadowban conspiracy because I know, I'm like, genius, and everyone would be amazed by my super-radical views.
by BritRabbit January 16, 2018
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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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