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    • serenity2012
    • By serenity2012 5th Sep 17, 9:24 PM
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    serenity2012
    twitter shadowban
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    • 5th Sep 17, 9:24 PM
    twitter shadowban 5th Sep 17 at 9:24 PM
    Lots of people are being shadowbanned on twitter recently. Just found by a search that I am too but no idea what it means. Does anyone know? Does it mean all the comps i've done there and retweets are not showing to comp runners? Can't find much info on it but if its messing about with my account i'll close it.

    Here's a link to see if you are shadowbanned

    http://www.shadowban.de/tester/
    August-September 2017: Lots of stuff
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    • toniq
    • By toniq 11th Oct 17, 2:05 PM
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    toniq
    Just responded to your entry x
    !!!9835; HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!! HAPPY HAPPY JOY! HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!! HAPPY HAPPY JOY!!!!9835;

    • Abominus
    • By Abominus 11th Oct 17, 2:23 PM
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    Abominus
    I think you are fine, I've seen your entries into my comp come through ok, I think twitter is very quiet at the moment, if you can see your comments under private browsing then you are fine.

    Mines been quiet for the last week or so, but I have tweeted companies regarding xmas presies and had responses.

    Tweet me if you want to check to see if I see it.

    x
    Originally posted by toniq
    Thanks for the response, hopefully it's just my paranoia. Never had so few notifications, seemed really odd. Usually get a bunch throughout the day, the only notifications i've had were from you. I thought that might be because we follow each other though, don't know if that makes a difference. I'm going to plow on until i get a response from a company.

    Much appreciated as always, you are awesome.
    • mmm wine
    • By mmm wine 13th Oct 17, 4:24 PM
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    mmm wine
    I have been shadow banned for ages now... I'm starting to think i should start a new twitter account??
    • Blueyez
    • By Blueyez 19th Oct 17, 9:20 PM
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    Blueyez
    I can't tweet since I used gleam a few hours ago
    2017 wins: Thomas Sabo diary:GF goodies: Umbrella: Caran d'Ache pens:Xmen merch:sunny D socks: Staedtler pencils: Years worth SunnyD: Zaini hat: DespicableMe bundle:PNY bundle: PilotPen & book: personalised Yull shoes:Colouring boo&pencils&:PostIt pack:cashmere jumper:Scarf:3d glasses:Chocolate pyramid
    • serenity2012
    • By serenity2012 28th Oct 17, 6:59 PM
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    serenity2012
    I found out a bit more about shadowbanning. Basically unless the account is already following you they won't see anything you do. retweeting the comp etc, comments. Twitter don't tell you and with me it lasts for around 2 days each time. If FB and twitter don't want you to share or retweet etc, instead of coming down on those who enter why aren't they coming down on the comp runners themselves. FB is getting worse. More and more comp runners are now demanding tagging 5 or more people.
    August-September 2017: Lots of stuff
    • Zanzib
    • By Zanzib 28th Oct 17, 9:10 PM
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    Zanzib
    Thanks for the response, hopefully it's just my paranoia. Never had so few notifications, seemed really odd. Usually get a bunch throughout the day, the only notifications i've had were from you. I thought that might be because we follow each other though, don't know if that makes a difference. I'm going to plow on until i get a response from a company.

    Much appreciated as always, you are awesome.
    Originally posted by Abominus
    Although I'm not shadowbanned, I haven't had twitter notifications for months. The only notifications I do get are direct messages. Checked my settings, but makes no difference...
    • Blueyez
    • By Blueyez 28th Oct 17, 10:51 PM
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    Blueyez
    I found out a bit more about shadowbanning. Basically unless the account is already following you they won't see anything you do. retweeting the comp etc, comments. Twitter don't tell you and with me it lasts for around 2 days each time. If FB and twitter don't want you to share or retweet etc, instead of coming down on those who enter why aren't they coming down on the comp runners themselves. FB is getting worse. More and more comp runners are now demanding tagging 5 or more people.
    Originally posted by serenity2012
    Instagram is getting bad for tagging too "Tag four friends to win a lipstick"
    • Abominus
    • By Abominus 29th Oct 17, 12:36 PM
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    Abominus
    I found out a bit more about shadowbanning. Basically unless the account is already following you they won't see anything you do. retweeting the comp etc, comments. Twitter don't tell you and with me it lasts for around 2 days each time. If FB and twitter don't want you to share or retweet etc, instead of coming down on those who enter why aren't they coming down on the comp runners themselves. FB is getting worse. More and more comp runners are now demanding tagging 5 or more people.
    Originally posted by serenity2012
    Yeah, that's the conclusion i've come to as well. Usually win on average about once a week on twitter. Haven't won anything for a month now, pretty sure my entries are not being counted. Tried leaving it several days, notifications start working again then as soon as i start doing anything ... shadowban. Only notifications i get are from people that follow me, so i guess they are the only ones that see my tweets. Tempted to abandon my account and start over, has anyone done this?
    • Marg2k8
    • By Marg2k8 29th Oct 17, 12:39 PM
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    Marg2k8
    I have kept my original account, but make sure I keep my activity to only about four or five tweets in any half hour period. Funnily enough, I did win a phone case on twitter since doing this, having not won anything on twitter for a long time.

    • Short-n-Sweet
    • By Short-n-Sweet 30th Nov 17, 1:28 AM
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    Short-n-Sweet
    I am really sorry about dragging up an old thread but I used to keep hearing the word Shadow Banned and didn't think much of it however I have not won on Twitter for ages so thought I would use one of those free checkers and it has infact told me I am shadow banned, I then read more about it and it seems your hashtags do not show up.

    So surely if a promoter chooses a winner via a Hashtag I have no chance? I made up a hashtag and got a friend to search the hashtag and nothing came up. They then searched my name and no tweets came up in the search other than when other non shadow banned people mentioned me. Could this be why I am not winning?

    I have contacted Twitter but I am so annoyed and convinced this has something to do with not winning. I think it's because I do alot of rafflecopter in one go maybe, tempted to create a new account for RTs and use my current one for Rafflecopters.

    These social media sites banning people for being social is getting stupid!
    Ask.. Believe.. Receive..

    Every Accomplishment Starts With The Decision To Try
    • Marg2k8
    • By Marg2k8 30th Nov 17, 7:24 AM
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    Marg2k8
    I think this is indeed why you are not winning much. I have been shadowbanned more recently. I doubt twitter will admit you are shadowbanned, or even that such a thing exists. To save bothering friends, you can search yourself using an incognito window where you are not logged in to twitter.

    I still don't get how some prolific users don't appear to be shadowbanned.

    • bubblebobble23
    • By bubblebobble23 30th Nov 17, 8:39 AM
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    bubblebobble23
    Buying 10,000 followers has helped some of he more prolific comping accounts.
    • lynwestie
    • By lynwestie 30th Nov 17, 9:36 AM
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    lynwestie
    I had problems a while back as you will see above. Mine always lasted exactly 24 hours but just a couple of actions in a short space of time knackered it again. Mine now seems be ok & I've had more wins & notifications again recently. Don't give up. I know plenty have tried all this & I think the key is catching it early, which luckily for me I think I did but these are my suggestions & what worked for me.

    Each time I messaged Twitter complaining it was unfair on the link someone has given above in the hope someone there might listen

    When the ban was lifted I literally entered one comp each hour which would consist of a RT & a reply without any hashtags (unless it was a stipulation for the comp)

    I mixed them up with photos & tweets of my own but I've always done that anyway & will emphasise I've always included a reply to most comp entries, RT other stuff & some of my own.

    It's hard not to bang in loads when you are unshadow banned but resist the temptation & take it slow using the 1 hour rule.

    And I checked after each action using right click- open in private/incognito window - search - From:username. If your tweets are there then you are fine for the next hours entry. Frustrating but the only way I could be sure
    • Short-n-Sweet
    • By Short-n-Sweet 30th Nov 17, 11:07 AM
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    Short-n-Sweet
    I assume it's because I do alot of Rafflecopter and usually in one go, maybe this is why some of the other Compers who stick at twitter all day don't have the ban and those that do lots of Rafflecopter seem to be?

    Are there rules on Twitter about multiple accounts? I know you can only have one on Facebook, I am tempted to create a new one for advents and not do any of the rafflecopters, am I mad for even thinking this?

    Would hate anyone to think I was entering unfairly, one would be purely for RT comps and chat and the other Blogs / Rafflecopter entries.

    I do chat on my account alot and share photos, randoms and not Just competitions so thought I would of been alright, I was a little gutted when I noticed last night that I wasn't being seen!
    Ask.. Believe.. Receive..

    Every Accomplishment Starts With The Decision To Try
    • Minnibix
    • By Minnibix 30th Nov 17, 3:38 PM
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    Minnibix
    Shadow Banning
    Hi I was trying to get up to date with any rafflecopter & gleam comps ready for the advents and I have been shadow banned. Does anyone know how long this lasts and if you have to do anything to become unshadow banned
    • cinders59
    • By cinders59 24th Dec 17, 11:44 AM
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    cinders59
    It looks like I may be shadowbanned, I cannot get into my account, I have requested codes for my moblie they said they would send by text but nothing has come throug,
    I was retweeting the black circle advent comps
    does anyone have advice on how to get back on
    Thanks
    Thanks to all who post comps
    ITV winners membersclub#2
    • TickTwo
    • By TickTwo 24th Dec 17, 2:54 PM
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    TickTwo
    The black circle gleams are triggering something on twitter to lock you out, loads of people have been affected by this. When back in if you want to enter those ones spread them far apart some people can get away with it that way.

    As for getting back in I had to refresh & come back later when it then let me send a link to my email address. Or have also had to wait until a clickable link came up saying something like make a report? or need help? can't remember now as it was a while ago. I clicked that & explained that I was locked out & a code never went to my mobile I was then given the page to change my password & was let back in.
    It's TicketyBoo To Be TickTwo!
    • ChamomileTao
    • By ChamomileTao 24th Dec 17, 5:28 PM
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    ChamomileTao
    Message them and they will let you back in

    https://help.twitter.com/forms/general?subtopic=suspended
    Last edited by ChamomileTao; 24-12-2017 at 5:31 PM.
    • tghe-retford
    • By tghe-retford 24th Dec 17, 7:11 PM
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    tghe-retford
    I think this is indeed why you are not winning much. I have been shadowbanned more recently. I doubt twitter will admit you are shadowbanned, or even that such a thing exists. To save bothering friends, you can search yourself using an incognito window where you are not logged in to twitter.

    I still don't get how some prolific users don't appear to be shadowbanned.
    Originally posted by Marg2k8
    I have been shadowbanned before for having the wrong opinions. You won't be informed (that's the whole idea) and the only way I found out was through analysing my analytics (I was given access to Twitter analytics and could see my impressions and views drop like a stone) and using Incognito Mode (private browsing) and searching for my tweets, only to find that I couldn't find any of them. It's a psychological tactic designed to make people a website does not want on their website to get bored, disinterested and leave in the hope they will not come back.

    Those who are locked out of their accounts have not been shadowbanned, they have been suspended. I wonder if as part of a range of actions Twitter has been making (removing blue verification ticks, clamping down on certain accounts and other actions including the one I think will affect compers - expanded definition of spam and related behaviour) if compers are now also in the firing line of action by Twitter - which seems could be the case as per their recent calendar of action.
    • bubblebobble23
    • By bubblebobble23 17th Jan 18, 11:59 AM
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    bubblebobble23
    A little update, the shadowbans are sparked by an algorithm which include several things:
    - the use of outside apps (gleam,unfollower trackers etc)
    - the rate and number of tweets you send per a certain time limit
    - repetitive actions in a certain time
    - How many times you have been blocked

    The blocking one is interesting since some people use blocks willy nilly.

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