Facebook Shadowbans in NY-23 Politics

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 reportedSeen on 1st accountSeen on 2nd accountText not seen on 2nd account
Biden’s Price Hike 6/11111
Inflation would be transitory 6/11777
Back the Blue 6/10
765Cop who shot unarmed man in the head back in April has been charged with 2nd degree murder.
Unacceptable- vote for change 6/10221A 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 6/10555

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.

About whungerford

* Contributor at NewNY23rd.com where we discuss the politics, economics, and events of the New New York 23rd Congressional District (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, (Eastern) Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben,Tioga, Tompkins, and Yates Counties) Please visit and comment on whatever strikes your fancy.
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1 Response to Facebook Shadowbans in NY-23 Politics

  1. annieasksyou says:

    Interesting. Are you planning to ask Facebook for an explanation?


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