Weird "Shadowban" - Anyone else noticed this?

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  1. fxmanaged

    fxmanaged Junior Member

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    Based on what we've seen in the past, both with our pages and those of other Instagram marketers we know, a shadowban is when your posts stop ranking for all hashtags, both on the TOP and RECENT tabs of the platform.

    Normally, the lower engagement period that accompanies this "ban" or restriction last around 14 days.

    In the last two weeks, we've seen something else happen.

    If you look at the attached pic, you'll see a screenshot of what we saw for a brief moment last week when we checked the brand hashtag for one of our pages from another account. Not sure why this popped up unless a competitor is purposely coordinating some kind of attack on this particular page (which is possible, as we have been getting hit with doses of 1k fake followers since late April 2018, as I discussed on another thread here: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/buying-fake-followers-for-your-competitors.1054452/).

    We haven't been able to recreate this screenshot again, but it happened during a period where our posts are appearing in the RECENT tab, but not the TOP section, where our content used to appear all the time.

    Have you guys seen this before? In other words, seeing your posts all of the sudden appear in the RECENT, but not the TOP posts section? I'm talking about very high quality, unique posts that typically rank high in our industry.

    Also, what are your thoughts on the attached screenshot about the community guideline reports associated with our brand hashtag?
     

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    Alexnvo Newbie

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    yea, your hashtag is banned. that simple. the fix is don't use it.
     
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    That screenshot was momentary. If you pull up the hashtag right now from another account, it won't appear. You'll actually see posts if you search for the tag now. That's why it's not as simple as the hashtag being "banned," as you suggested.

    In fact, our current posts are not appearing in the TOP section for any of the hashtags that we are currently using, which are mostly industry-specific hashtags. This is not the case for the RECENT section, where all of the posts are appearing.

    That's why I mentioned that this "shadownban" is weird. Your posts appear in the RECENT, but not TOP section, whereas in a traditional shadownban your posts do not appear in either tab.
     
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    either the hashtags did not kick in, your post dropped or you are still shadowed. check later to see. you gotta remember you don't always see your posts until hours later but others can right now. if this was just posted..wait and see
     
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    No, it wasn't just posted. This is a pattern we have been noticing for about a week and a half, which deviates from how actual shadowbans have worked in the past. None of the markets we communicate with have seen a shadowban like this, assuming you can even call it a "shadowban."
     
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