Reddit shadowbanning opacity

Occurred: November 2015

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Reddit has announced it is replacing the controversial practice of shadowbanning its users with the suspension of their accounts, with users being notified via email and on the website why they have been suspended and for how long.

When shadowbanned, users could only see their own content, were not informed that they were banned, and had to go through an opaque and largely unstructured appeals process. 

Operator: Reddit
Developer: Reddit
Country: USA
Sector: Technology
Purpose: Block/reduce user visibility
Technology: Algorithmic content moderation
Issue: Fairness; Freedom of expression - censorship; Harassment
Transparency: Governance; Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: November 2021