What is shadow ban? Cardi B asks for unblock promising no more 'suckin or f**kin, fans say ‘Twitter knows better’
The term first came into the limelight when Donald Trump in 2018 had spoken about Twitter shadow banning prominent Republicans
Cardi B, who never shies away from calling a spade a spade, has landed in trouble on social media on several occasions, especially due to her foul language. The ‘WAP’ hitmaker, who stays very active on Twitter, keeps her massive fan base entertained with her hilarious and sometimes foul-mouthed tweets and keeping in mind the same the micro-blogging site shadow-banned her in 2020. She has also used the platform to address several controversies.
Cardi B and the curious case of shadow banning
It looks like the 28-year-old female emcee got tired of getting shadow-banned on Twitter and keeping in mind the same, she took to Twitter most recently to request them for the unblock.
Posting her tweet to 16 million followers, she stated, “Twitter release me from twitter shadowban!!! I won’t talk about suckin and f**kin nomore. I promise that was 2020 behavior!” This is also not the first time when the Grammy award-winning rapper was shadow-banned on Twitter.
In December 2020, Cardi B had posted a tweet concerned with the same. “Why am I still shadow banned? I haven’t been talkin bout d**k like that.” Not only Twitter but Instagram did the same to the loud-mouthed artiste. In 2019, she had tweeted, “Instagram unshadow ban me or I shall take my talents to MySpace.”
Twitter release me from twitter shadowban!!! I won’t talk about suckin and fuckin nomore .I promise that was 2020 behavior!— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 4, 2021
Why am I still shadow banned? I haven’t been talkin bout dick like that ? 🙄🙄 https://t.co/W0Vc8lAOOv— iamcardib (@iamcardib) December 2, 2020
Instagram unshadow ban me or I shall take my talents to MySpace 😤— iamcardib (@iamcardib) November 2, 2019
How did the Internet react?
The Internet was quick to react to Cardi B’s request where a lot of social media users made fun of how no one is going to believe her. Speaking on the same lines, one user posted, “You say this now but next week when you tell us you did the splits on offset.” Another tweeted, “Twitter knows better they know by next week it’ll be 2020 cardi behavior again.”
One user added, “But how can they do that to u when twitter is basically pornhub nowadays like... make it make sense.” One individual asserted, “No one is going to believe you.” One person said, “Just remember your actions reflects and comes back to haunt your children.” Another added, “Suprising ! The day u gonna stop talking of f**kin' , s***kin' gonna be the day u turn cold.”
You say this now but next week when you tell us you did the splits on offset pic.twitter.com/JkXHKx2sjJ— 𝕀𝕫𝕒𝕚𝕒𝕙✞ (@YonceBardi) January 4, 2021
twitter knows better they know by next week it’ll be 2020 cardi behaviour again 😭 pic.twitter.com/KjwZWgm4Ri— sabrina ミ☆ (@legendarihhhh) January 4, 2021
But how can they do that to u when twitter is basically pornhub nowadays 🤬😒😒like...make it make sense— 🌌𝕯𝖗𝖊𝖆 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝕾𝖆𝖛𝖆𝖌𝖊🦋🌌 (@melanin_ispower) January 4, 2021
No one is going to believe you— AyoOjuade 🇳🇬 (@abhams_) January 4, 2021
Just remember your actions reflects and comes back to haunt your children. 🙏🏽💯💯💯— Make Hip Hop Great Again (@TeaTimePodcasts) January 4, 2021
Suprising ! The day u gonna stop talking of f**kin' , s***kin' gonna be the day u turn cold— Laouni Shakur (@ShakurLaouni) January 4, 2021
What is Twitter shadow ban?
Shadow banning, also called stealth banning, ghost banning or comment ghosting, is the act of blocking or partially blocking a user or their content from an online community so that it will not be readily apparent to the user that they have been banned. If we talk about a Twitter shadow ban, the term first came into limelight when Donald Trump in 2018 had said about Twitter “shadow banning” prominent Republicans.
“Twitter 'SHADOW BANNING' prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.”
Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018
Reverting to this, Twitter had passed an official statement which said, “We do not shadow ban. You are always able to see the tweets from accounts you follow (although you may have to do more work to find them, like go directly to their profile). And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology.” However, according to multiple reports, Twitter updated its terms and services in 2020 and indirectly confirmed that it does shadow ban users on its platform.