I’ve talked about shadow banning before here https://eruditeknight.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/shadow-banning-how-the-left-controls-opposition-online/ and as a quick refresher it is something MANY sites do, facebook, youtube etc. Essentially instead of outright ban which you make new name and continue they ‘let you’ post it is just that no one can see it.
I believe some of my youtube names are ‘soft’ banned. Where I can have some posts people respond too, but others never get responded or liked – usually the political ones.
One thing I was surprised was to find dating sites shadow ban. I have a friend I talk about this stuff a lot, he was convinced he was shadow banned as no one responded at all. I had a fake girl profile and we tried it, sure enough NO messages from him got through.
So because he had ‘scared’ some poor little girl who probably flagged for a shadow ban, his entire ip/mac got banned not just account.
^Quick aside, I got banned off a game about 6 months ago and the way they enforce a ban on ‘you’ is not IP which many people think but rather your MAC address which is local to your computer only (meaning a new comp would work). Further, your mac can be changed without too much tinkering, so file that one away guys.
Anyway so back to the friend, consider from his POV, he messages all these girls, no one responds, ‘oh I must just be a loser’ and hates himself rather than the site protecting those poor girls from all the rapists out there.
Lastly, I just got overt banned off another forum for ‘race baiting’ for the following pic:
Its actually for the best, spent too much time there anyway, but keep in mind banning can be a wide range from the overt ban, to soft ban to shadowban, the later two much harder to realize.