Ghost Banning

What does ghost banning mean?

Censoring a social media user's posts

Ghost banning is when a social platform censors users' posts, making them invisible to other users. Typically, ghost banning results from a user breaking the terms of service, usually because they are engaging in misinformation or hate speech.

Social sites like TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter, are often accused of ghost banning users. The term's origins are unclear, but the name grew in popularity in the mid-2010s and comes from the feeling that you are a ghost where no one can see your posts.

While it often occurs on social sites, online forum mods and admins may ghost ban trolls. Doing this puts them in an invisible cage where they are unaware that other users can't see their posts.


Karen just found out TikTok was ghost banning her posts about election fraud
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Updated May 4, 2022

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