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I Have Been Shadow Banned By Twitter Again!

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I am finding it very hard to believe that Twitter placed a shadow ban on me again.

If my memory serves me correctly, this is probably my fourth shadow ban.

A Twitter shadow ban is when Twitter hides all of your Tweets from Twitter’s search results (No one from outside of your Twitter following is going to see your Tweets).

The first time that I was shadow banned I was worried.

The second time that I was shadow banned I was angry.

The third time that I was shadow banned I was really pissed.

This time around, I am like an emotionless observer.

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How Did I Find Out That I Was Shadow Banned By Twitter?

Believe it or not, my intuition told me to check and see if I was shadow banned by Twitter; I entered my Twitter handle in the shadow ban tester and it confirmed that I was indeed shadow banned by Twitter.

As far as I am concerned, I did nothing wrong.

Earlier today, I retweeted the links to articles from SEO and blogging experts (It is something that I normally do).

What is wrong with sharing the links from others on Twitter?


I would have appreciated it if Twitter had suspended my account instead.

In my article, A Case Of Social Media Madness, I went into detail on some reasons why people were shadow banned by Twitter.

Why is Twitter trying to censor me?

My Tweets are not political.

Unfortunately, people with various political views have been shadow banned by Twitter.

I have Tweeted a lot of things that fall within the category of spirituality.

And, guess what?

Some people who have Tweeted things of a spiritual nature have been shadow banned by Twitter too!

Apparently, Twitter’s algorithm thought that I was worthy of being silenced.

Have you ever been shadow banned by Twitter before?


Twitter Is Testing My Patience

Come on Twitter, I forgave you for the unjust treatment that you placed upon me in the past and you have decided that I needed to be shadow banned again.

Guess what Twitter?

I dislike having my patience tested!

Twitter, you better be careful, because you really do not know who you are dealing with.

It is not mandatory for me to use Twitter to promote my blog posts; I used Twitter to promote my blog posts because I wanted to.

Now, I could not care if my Twitter account has been around since May 2011; I would delete it if I am convinced that it is not worth having.

Do you know that there are bloggers who do not have a Twitter account?

And, do you know that the blogs of those bloggers are doing fine without the help of Twitter?

Hey, I might as well utilise some Twitter alternatives.

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Gab Is A Great Twitter Alternative

Gab has referred to itself as “The Free Speech Social Network.”

People who dislike being censored by the mainstream social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter) are usually the ones who gravitate towards Gab.

Gab’s user interface is very clean-looking; its users can read and write messages that are of 300 characters (Those messages are called, “gabs”).

The Gab social network was founded by Andrew Torba and Ekrem Büyükkaya in August 2016.

The number of Gab’s users are estimated to be around 465,000.

I joined Gab when I was shadow banned by Twitter for the third time.

To be most honest with you, I hardly use Gab (Maybe, I should make the effort to use it on a regular basis from now on).

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Mastodon Is Another Wonderful Twitter Alternative

Mastodon is a free and open source social network; it has micro-blogging features that are similar to that of Twitter. It was created by Eugene Rochko in 2016.

Mastodon users have a 500-character limit; its messages are referred to as, “Toots.”

Mastodon is also free of advertisements.

The number of users on Mastodon are estimated to be a little under 1,000,000.

A lot of the hardcore Linux users are on Mastodon.

And, why is it that a lot of the hardcore Linux users are on Mastodon?

Because, those hardcore Linux users are highly supportive of free and open source projects.

I also have a Mastodon account (But, like Gab, I hardly use it).

The nice thing about Mastodon is that they are not prejudiced like Twitter.

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Pinterest Rocks!

Pinterest is a fabulous social network; it can be looked upon as a visual search engine.

Pinterest was founded by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp in March 2010.

This popular social network has approximately 175,000,000 users.

Pinterest users “Pin” their images (which includes a description and a link back to the source of the images) to their “Boards” — a collection of “Pins” that are categorised by the Pinterest user.

A lot of bloggers have had lots of success with Pinterest.

I highly recommend that you read, How To Drive 3x More Traffic To Your Blog With Pinterest (2018) by Elna Cain (It would provide you with the knowledge on how to use this wonderful social network to your advantage).

I am proud to admit that I use Pinterest regularly; I always “Pin” the images from my blog on a special “Board” that was created for Renard’s World.

A lot of people have underestimated the true power of Pinterest.

The God’s/Goddess’ truth is that any blogger can increase the incoming traffic to their blog by using Pinterest correctly.

In my opinion, Pinterest is way better than Twitter.

Do you have a Pinterest account?

Final Thoughts

As you have learned, one does not necessarily have to rely on the services of Twitter. A blogger can promote their content on various other social networks.

I purposely left out Facebook because I had a huge falling-out with them; my article, I Finally Deactivated My Facebook Account, goes into detail about that.

And, I also left out Instagram because it is owned by Facebook.

I really dislike being shadow banned by Twitter for the fourth time.

If I was not a “Chief” of a “Tribe” on Triberr, I would have deleted my Twitter account without thinking twice about it (My Triberr account is interconnected with Twitter).

For the record, I no longer hold Twitter in high esteem (Twitter disgusts me).

I intend on looking at other places to promote my blog’s content.

And, it surely looks as though that I would have to rely on the incoming traffic from the Reader and from the organic search results from Google, Bing and Yandex.


52 thoughts on “I Have Been Shadow Banned By Twitter Again!

  1. I have a Twitter account, but rarely use it- as it is largely redundant. The same is true of my Instagram, which I opened at the behest of another Word Press user, who has since got into a snit and ignores my posts. WordPress and Facebook are my main social comment sites, and FlickR (or its successor) Is where I store my photos.

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  2. I’ve been kicked off of Facebook about half a dozen times. I don’t have Twitter. I must say that all of this censorship is working out great not only showing how partisan these platforms are, but also the values of the people behind them. They always blame an algorithm, just as the bush administration blamed bad intelligence for WMDs. Too bad they are afraid of naming who developed this so called “algorithm” or who manages it.

    All of this censorship and control will only further innovation. If they want to censor, let em, it’s the beginnings of the end for google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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  3. This was a fantastic read. I really enjoyed it, I’m going travelling tomorrow so I’ve saved this post so I can go into it more – thank you for a fabulous article 😊


  4. I have a twitter but am leaning toward deleting it because I don’t get it’s purpose. I do have FB; Instagram, I don’t take pics enough to use it so it stays dormant. Anyway as always thanks for the info!

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  5. I wanted to contact an author about her audiobook not being sold in my country (I posted about it) via Twitter. So I created an account specifically for this purpose. My second tweet was addressed to her and contained the link to the post where I explained the situation. Tweeter immediately blocked me and demanded I prove I’m not a robot and so on. I had to wait for a day or two to resend the tweet just not to freak Twitter out. I’ve never heard about shadow bans before but maybe they are also automatic algorithms that often have bugs and go wrong.

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  6. So if I retweet one of your tweets will it be seen?
    Sorry that this shadow ban thing has happened again. I don’t think many people see me on Twitter so I can I check if I’ve been banned?
    Hope you have a good day anyway!

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  7. oh wow. First let me say I’m so sorry this happened to you Renard! Second Thank you for sharing all this info! I did not know about Twitter banning! I would be as upset as you are! I saw you other post about closing your twitter account. Again, sorry to hear that 😦

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  8. Had no idea about shadow banning, but I’m not surprised. Sorry it’s happened so many times.

    I had two post removed from FB because it was inappropriate. Same day they sent message we approve your post. It was photos of a house for sale so why is it inappropriate?

    Thanks for the information on Pinterest. I’m a visual person so I like the format. Thanks again!

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  9. Hi Renard,
    Sorry to hear that I’ve been on websites that censor you so i left, the only socal media account I have is WP I think my blog is doing fine on it’s first year on it’s own, I’m not one that really cares about big following numbers anyways so I don’t need anything else, I’m a avrage bloger that reads others blogs more than I blog.


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  10. It’s infuriating in these situations to feel reduced to the tiny person shaking a tiny fist at a huge and faceless organisation. When you think of the people that do not get thrown off Twitter… Thanks for all the creative alternatives suggested, a refusal to be victim to this.

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    1. 🙂 When I had Twitter, it was never depressing, negative and bitchy, because I was following great people.

      I was turned off by Twitter when they shadow banned me for the fourth time.

      All I did was retweet blogs from SEO and blogging experts.

      Thank you for your valuable input!

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  11. Renard, sorry to hear this has happened. I can’t understand the reasoning behind this. Seems crazy.

    Thanks for sharing those Twitter alternatives. A few I haven’t come across before – I hope they gain traction.

    I’m not so much of a fan of Twitter as I used to be years ago. I much prefer platforms now like Pinterest. By the way, thanks for mentioning Elna’s Blogging Wizard post – much appreciated!

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  12. Earlier this year l walked away from Twitter in so far as my personal account. 8000 followers follow no more! I was suspended when l first joined because of their damn configurations. I used to RT quite a bit and even know l added new text, they decided to suspend my account as l was RTing too much.

    Twitter is not what it used to be, it is now filled mercilessly with automated bots who seemingly never endure shadow bans or suspension, and yet people who do what Twitter says is allowed find themselves suspended or shadow struck.

    There is simply way too much drama llama in Twitter and for that matter Facebook as well. Scrappy has a Twitter account, and l do very little in there, but her account is now about 11 months old, and in the first month she was suspended for being a … get ready … are you ready?

    For being a dog!!!

    No patience anymore for Twitter or Facebook, but then l am not really a devout social buff either. Good post Renard.

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      1. Hey Renard, you are quite right Twitter no longer knows if is coming or going l feel, plus l think it has become very political, and no longer sits in neutral territory sadly.

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  13. Wow I never knew that about Twitter . Sorry that has happened to you. I do tweet, a lot. I post my blog on twitter, Pinterest , Facebook , wordpress and Google plus. I have an instagram account but I rarely use it, cause sorry, not sorry, most of my travel pictures aren’t me sitting on a beautiful beach with a drink in my hand, it’s more like me sitting at some baseball , hockey or basketball game with a beer in my hand! As for twitter, yes it has changed a lot since I started using it and it seems like everyone on twitter has forgotten the manners they were brought up with. Lots of “Negative Nellies”.

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