22 May 2020 — 6 min read | Posted in Tutorial | Posted by Gints Gailis

Tiktok Shadow Ban

Tiktok Shadow Ban

Did I just get shadowbanned on TikTok?

The TikTok Shadowban remains a hot topic among TikTok users and content creators alike. While TikTok has been tight-lipped about this process (and the even word “Shadowban” returns zero results when you search for it on TikTok’s website) here are 7 helpful tips to understand what the #Shadowban is (and how to avoid it).

What is TikTok shadowban

When a user posts content that goes against the Community Standards of an app or a platform, a regular ban will be obvious to them – they may be prevented from logging in, unable to use their account, or receive a notification their account has been restricted.

A Shadowban also restricts a user’s account, but it’s a far stealthier way to limit user accounts and potentially prohibited content. A Shadowban also partially or completely restricts a user’s account, but it’s done in such a way so that the user does not immediately recognize they’ve been blocked.

Their account (TikTok for example) appears to function completely normally without any obvious restrictions. It’s a very sneaky and highly effective way TikTok restricts offending creators by covertly diverting viewers away from these shadowbanned accounts.

Since the shadowban is used to hide obvious signs your account has been blocked, you have to know what to look for to determine if your account has been banned. Even then it can be a little tricky, since TikTok’s shadowbans are enforced by bots and determined by algorithms that are largely mysterious to users. During a TikTok shadowban, your videos won’t:

  • Show in the For You page feed
  • Show in the search results
  • Get likes
  • Get comments
  • Get new followers

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A TikTok Shadowban won’t necessarily restrict all of your privileges, since it largely depends on the scope and severity of the offense (if it’s severe enough, your account might bypass the shadowban and go straight to Suspended or Deleted.). Even during a Shadowban, you’ll generally still be able to use the app as you would normally (post videos, react to videos, leave comments, etc.), however a fraction of users will be able to see your content.

TikTok shadowban checker: A word of caution

Though the internet offers a myriad of services and apps promising to up your social media game, so-called Shadowban “fixers” or “detectors” remain untested and generally unreliable.

One source revealed that most of these “fixers” sell you false information about your account, and then pressure you into buying into a service that supposedly fixes your issues (which doesn’t).

The best way to determine if you’ve Shadowbanned is to test it yourself, and if you have any doubts as to whether your content is suitable, don’t post it (or take it down if you already have).

How do you know if you are Shadowbanned on TikTok?

TikTok won’t notify you your account has been shadowbanned, so you need to look closely at your page views. This is the best way to determine your account status. If you see a smaller number of followers than you’re used to, it may just be that you’re not posting when the majority of your followers are online.

However if you usually have a high page following with a steady number of views, but then your numbers drop for no apparent reason, it’s likely you’ve been shadowbanned.

Look closely at your “For You” (#FYP) page stats; your account is likely shadowbanned if the list of sources for video views is missing the For You Page.

Since all TikTok users are expected to post in keeping with TikTok’s Community Standards, even verified TikTok accounts are still subject to shadowbans (and do happen.).

You can also test your Shadowban status by tagging one of your posts with very few followers, and then check to see if your post shows up under that hashtag. If it doesn’t, you’ve been banned.

How long do TikTok shadowbans last?

While there isn’t an absolute consensus on how long Shadowbans last, users have reported that two weeks is the average time they were Shadowbanned.

Rumor has it that some TikTok users have been permanently Shadowbanned or who have had their IP addresses blocked completely, though it appears these measures are reserved for the most extreme abuses or repeat offenses to TikTok’s posting standards.

How do you get rid of TikTok shadowban

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There are two ways to restore your TikTok account to its normal status. You can either:

  1. Delete any content that goes against TikTok’s Community Standards and wait for the Shadowban to be lifted in about two weeks. Your best bet is to delete any offensive content or videos you suspect might be the issue and refresh your account by logging out, deleting the app, power cycling your phone, and redownloading TikTok (with the most recent version of the app). This gives your account the best chance of coming out unscathed from the Shadowban.
  2. Delete your current TikTok account completely and start from scratch. This choice is really best for users who don’t have a significant following since you’ll lose your followers when you delete your account. If you deactivate your account, you’ll have 30 days to change your mind. After 30 days, your deactivation is permanent and your account cannot be recovered. Think carefully about deleting your account, because once it’s gone, it’s gone.

But the option to create a new account and start over isn’t available to everyone. TikTok can always go as far as banning your IP address, preventing you from creating any new accounts as long as you use that IP.

How To avoid TikTok shadowbans

If you’re not sure the content you want to post falls squarely within TikTok’s Community Standards and you think it’s probably okay, think again. By automating some of its moderation through Shadowbanning bots, TikTok restricts and releases offending accounts 24/7, even with a platform hosting approximately 800 million active users.

The best way to avoid a TikTok Shadowban is to be smart about what content you post. A simple test is that if you find yourself wondering if the content might not be acceptable on TikTok, it probably isn’t.

To ensure you TikTok videos are Shadowban-safe, make sure you:

  • Post Original Content. Videos should be content you’ve made and/or that you have personally edited. Don’t upload videos you’ve found online or content that belongs to someone else. It’s a copyright infraction, so skip the reposts and make your own content.
  • Remember Your Audience. This doesn’t mean just your audience and followers – it means all of TikTok, and that includes users as young as 13. This means no adult content, nudity, or sexualized content. Keep this content off TikTok and you’ll keep yourself out of trouble.
  • Keep Content Safe and Legal. No nudity or adult content. No knives, guns, or weapons. No drugs or other illegal substances. Content should be suitable for all audiences and any of the above will easily and quickly get you banned.
  • Use Great Lighting. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive – even decent daylight where the subjects of the video are clearly seen will be good enough for TikTok. The moderating bots will flag a video that is too dark or hard to see just in case there is no hidden or offensive content. Turn up the light and turn down your risk.

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