Stealth Banning

What does Stealth Banning mean?

Quietly controlling a user’s posts

Stealth banning happens when an admin of a social media platform or online forum secretly controls a user’s posts by restricting their visibility. It’s a technique closely related to ghost banning and shadowbanning.

Major social networking platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and LinkedIn have been frequently held liable for stealth banning users who violate their rules. These platforms commonly target users with extreme political views who regularly disseminate false information or communicate hatefully towards others.

The admin of the platform or forum may then reduce the number of people who can view the rule-breaker’s posts or may even hide the posts completely. This way, the user may not even know that their posts are being limited in visibility, which is the stealth aspect of this kind of ban.

Example for using ‘Stealth Banning’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of stealth banning? πŸ€”

Yeah, it’s when social media sites secretly moderate someone’s posts, right? 🀐

Exactly! They limit who can see the person’s posts or completely hide them. 😬

I’ve heard Twitter does that to extremists who spread hate or misinformation. 🐦