Shadowbanning blocks comments from being seen by some, possibly all, users. A person posting a comment, seeing it, may not realize it is blocked from being seen by others.
Joe Sempolinski is running in the NY-23 special election. He posts campaign material on facebook. Which comments on his posts I see depends on the facebook account I use to view them. In every case I chose “All comments,” which matters. Here are some examples:
|Comments reported||Seen on 1st account||Seen on 2nd account||Text not seen on 2nd account|
|Biden’s Price Hike 6/11||1||1||1|
|Inflation would be transitory 6/11||7||7||7|
|Back the Blue 6/10||7||6||5||Cop who shot unarmed man in the head back in April has been charged with 2nd degree murder.|
|Unacceptable- vote for change 6/10||2||2||1||A 4-month congressional paycheck of $58,000 would be great wouldn’t it? That about the average family income in the 23rd isn’t it?|
|There should never be a baby formula shortage 6/10||5||5||5|
More comments than those recorded above are unseen if “Most relevant” or “Newest” is selected. What I see changes from time to time. The above data was noted at approximately 16:00 on June 11, 2022.
I don’t think Joe is to blame for the shadowbanning. I think facebook is choosing what is visible based on which account I use. I can’t see one comment on “Back the Blue” with either account; perhaps it was blocked for all users.