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Elon Musk: Will introduce software update to reveal if you are 'Shadow banned'

Elon Musk has announced that Twitter is developing an upgrade that will inform the user if they have been "Shadowbanned". Twitter will now explain why you have been shadowbanned in circumstances where your tweets have been concealed from the public and give instructions on how to appeal the decision.

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First Published Dec 9, 2022, 2:04 PM IST

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has come up with a new upgrade to the micro-blogging platform after the second volume of the so-called “Twitter Files” exposed how the firm constructed blacklists and intentionally suppressed the visibility of some accounts.

Elon Musk has announced that Twitter is working on an update that would let users know whether they have been "Shadowbanned," but this is only the start. Through the upgraded software, users will receive information about the causes of their shadow bans and how to appeal.

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Musk tweeted on Friday, “Twitter is working on a software update that will show your true account status, so you know clearly if you’ve been shadowbanned, the reason why and how to appeal.”

A "shadown ban," which is one kind of censorship, does not permanently prohibit a person from a platform. Once your Twitter account is placed on the shadow ban list, your tweets will never appear in the timelines of anyone who has not followed you.

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A shadow-banned Twitter account's tweets will never show up on the Trending tab of Twitter. In essence, only the person who originally posted the tweet will be able to see its contents. Although the technique has a long history in forums, chats, and other communities as an effective moderating tool for bots and spammers, it is assumed that Twitter used shadow banning to silence users.

According to the second instalment of Elon Musk's "Twitter Files," which revealed the company's undisclosed procedures under the previous administration, Twitter staff created blacklists and deliberately restricted the visibility of whole accounts.

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