Are your TikTok videos not getting as many engagements as they normally should? If you suspect that your account has been shadowbanned on TikTok, here are some ways that you could get unshadowbanned.
Shadowban is when TikTok’s algorithm deliberately hides a user’s content or restricts it from reaching a larger audience. This is done by hiding the videos from appearing on the ‘For You’ page and search results.
Shadowbans can happen for various reasons and when it does, it prevents videos from getting many views, likes, or comments because they don’t reach as many audiences as they normally should.
Why Am I Shadowbanned on TikTok?
There are many reasons why TikTok shadowbans a user. The most common is when users continuously post videos that go against the community guidelines of the platform.
Just like many other social media platforms, TikTok is very sensitive when contents go against their guidelines and they are quick to issue warnings. However, if users continue to ignore them, then the algorithm will automatically shadowban their account and eventually ban them from the platform.
Another reason for shadowbanning on TikTok is when a user goes on a spamming spree. For instance, some users follow a lot of accounts or like and comment on a lot of videos hoping to get follow backs. When this is done in a short period of time, TikTok considers it to be a spamming behavior and shadowbans the users.
How to Remove the Shadowban and Get Unshadowbanned on TikTok?
There is no one-solution-fits-all to this question. You have to try many solutions until you find the one that will remove the shadowban from your account. Here are some of them.
1. Remove Offensive Content
The first thing that you have to do is to delete all the content and videos that violate the community guidelines of TikTok. If you’ve previously received a warning for content, then you have to delete it as that could be the reason for the shadowban.
A few examples of such violations are when you post offensive comments or videos which can quickly get you shadowbanned, or worse, banned from the platform.
Once you remove all content that is in violation, you have to wait for a couple of weeks until the shadowban is lifted from your account.
2. Stop Spamming
If you’ve engaged in spammy behaviors, such as commenting and liking a lot of videos very quickly or following many people in a short span, then TikTok will flag your account as spam and shadowban you.
Therefore, put a stop to your spamming and avoid doing anything on TikTok for a week. This could help get your account unshadowbanned.
3. Reinstall TikTok
The next solution is to reinstall TikTok on your device. Delete it completely from your phone and then reinstall it from the App Store or Google Playstore. In some cases, users that use an old version of TikTok face this issue. As such, reinstalling the latest version may resolve the problem.
4. Clear TikTok Cache
Go to your profile and tap the menu icon in the top right to open Settings. Scroll down and tap Clear cache to delete the app’s cache. Now restart TikTok and give it some time to see if things go back to normal.
5. Contact TikTok
As a last resort, you can reach out to TikTok’s customer support team to find out what is going on with your account.
To contact TikTok, send an email to [email protected] or contact them through the app by going to TikTok’s settings and selecting Report a problem.
How Do I Know If I Have Been Shadowbanned?
When your account is shadowbanned, the algorithm will do it discreetly without ever informing the user about it. Therefore, the only way to find out if your account has been shadowbanned is when
- Your content is not receiving as many engagements as it should, such as views, likes, and comments.
- Your videos do not appear on the For You page or search results.
If you notice these happening, then it is a sign that you have been shadowbanned.