Building up a following on TikTok takes time and effort, so it can be pretty deflating when your views and interactions fall off a cliff. If that’s happened to you without any obvious explanation, then maybe you’ve been shadowbanned. Does the sneaky shadowban (a.k.a. “ghost ban” or “stealth ban“) actually exist, though? Find out in this TikTok Shadowbanned guide.
TikTok Shadowbanned | Can you get a shadowban?
Due to their secretive nature, there’s some debate over whether or not shadowbans exist on TikTok. Despite the social media platform never explicitly confirming shadowbans, they do exist and generally last for around 14 days.
An obvious indication that you’ve been shadowbanned on TikTok is a massive drop in viewership. It’s a good idea to keep track of your figures, as it’s possible to keep posting content that never reaches your followers for the duration of a shadowban.
If you think you’ve been shadowbanned, then we’d recommend reviewing your recent videos. Anything that violates the TikTok Terms of Service or that could be interpreted as offensive should be deleted immediately. This way, you’ll have a greater chance of being unbanned quickly and fewer people will be exposed to the controversial content.
TikTok Shadowbanned | Can you shadowban people on TikTok?
Only TikTok as a platform has the power to shadowban users. People can’t shadowban each other, though they can report any inappropriate content for TikTok to investigate. If that content is found to violate the rules, then it’s possible that a shadowbanning will take place.
If you don’t want to see somebody’s posts or have contact with them anymore, in addition to or rather than seeking a shadowban you might want to consider blocking them. This simple solution is instant and has largely the same effect on your end.
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