Ghost Banning

What does Ghost Banning mean?

Hiding a person’s posts on social media without them knowing

Ghost banning is a practice deployed by social media platforms where a user’s posts are secretly hidden from other users. This is usually due to the user violating the platform’s rules, commonly by spreading misinformation or engaging in hate speech.

Platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, and LinkedIn are often accused of employing ghost banning tactics. The term gained traction in the mid-2010s, its name stemming from the feeling of being a ‘ghost’, unseen by other users, despite posting content.

While ghost banning is common on social platforms, it can also be used by moderators and administrators of online forums to control troll activities. This method traps these users in a ‘virtual cage’ without their knowledge, where their posts remain invisible to the community.

Example for using ‘Ghost Banning’ in a conversation

Hey, have you seen Sarah’s posts on Instagram lately?

No, I haven’t. Why? What’s going on?

I think she’s been ghost banned. Her posts don’t show up on my feed anymore.

Oh, really? That’s weird. Did she do something to violate the rules?