from OfTwoMinds Website
The basic idea of
shadow banning is to spoof the
shadow-banned user into believing their public posts are visible to
all while in reality the posts are visible only to the user or in
some cases to the users' followers.
Here is whatis.com's description:
Shadow banning and outright banning are only the tip of the iceberg:
Google controls over 90% of all search:
While this chart displays
the dominance of Facebook and Google in digital ad revenues, it is a
rough proxy for their dominance in mindshare, user data collected
and control over what is displayed and not displayed in search
results and social media.
If you violate company
policies or applicable censorship laws (as interpreted by the
company attorneys), the corporation will notify you that your
account has been frozen or banned.
Here's an example of how this might work.
This is precisely how the former Soviet Union's secret police operated:
That the association was false no longer matters. What matters is your name is on the list.
It turns out
oftwominds.com made it on the modern-day NKVD-Stasi list of
PropOrNot, which despite being
debunked has taken on a life of its own in the New Police State
of Facebook, Google, et al...
Well, it's true. Many
sites left and right report their traffic mysteriously and suddenly
plummets without any explanation by the organs of censorship (Facebook,
Google, et al.)
I have traffic data going
back to 2005, and my traffic (visits and page views) has been
remarkably steady for years. The number of my posts per week remains
the same, my engagement on social media remains the same (as far as
I can tell, heh) and my page rank remains the same (5) (again, as
far as I can tell).
But this is akin to the innocent citizen snagged by the NKVD or Stasi for unspecified crimes against the people protesting his innocence and good citizenship:
What matters is your name is on the list, and our administrators are obligated to track your digital presence and digitally ghost you by,
...and so on.
Just as loyal employees
of the NKVD and the Stasi were constantly told they were the bulwark
of the people against enemies of the state, employees of Facebook,
Google et al. are told they're weeding out "fake news" and
"propaganda" (like those charts from the Federal Reserve Economic
Database) that is disruptive and divisive.
The net result of the perverse magic of tech cartel censorship is only the wealthy few can afford to keep posting original content after they've been ghosted.
Just about the only
bulwark against being silenced by the modern-day tech-corporate-NKVD-Stasi
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