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Aug 18 – Elon Musk, the owner of X, stated on Thursday that he will soon take action against shadow banning accounts on his platform. Musk also apologised for the delay in putting the modifications in place to stop shadowbanning.
When you are shadowbanned, you are blocked or silenced from a social networking platform without being alerted.
“Sorry it’s taking so long. There are so many layers of ‘trust & safety’ software that it often takes us hours to figure out who, how and why an account was suspended or shadowbanned,” the tech billionaire posted.
“A ground up rewrite is underway that simplifies the X codebase dramatically,” he informed the users.
Doge Designer stated that X is working on a feature that would allow users to view the status of their accounts.
“The users will be able to check if they are shadowbanned or not & will also get to know the reason for the same,” the account posted.
Musk reacted: “High Priority”.
Musk attempted to demonstrate that shadowbanning was a frequent practise at the social network after acquiring Twitter (now X) in October of last year by revealing material to the public at regular intervals.
In December of last year, he alleged that political candidates in the United States and elsewhere were subjected to “shadow-banning” by Twitter while running for office or seeking re-election.
Musk stated that planned modifications to Twitter’s platform will indicate who had been “shadow-banned,” as well as what they could do to correct the situation.
“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,” he had tweeted.