Simple Twitter Shadowban Checker
v. 1.0 beta
THIS CODE IS OUTDATED and apparently the test fails. I have no time to fix it, if any developer of good will has time please send me a PR.
This is a simple and quick webapp that crawls Twitter's search page to discover if a particular user has been shadowbanned. Since the method is based on a 3rd party web page scan, it's not 100% reliable.
It should also be said that Twitter does not mention the practice of shadowbanning users anywhere. Nonetheless, some users do not appear in search results and their interactions are not notified to other users. Many people think this is an obscure issue and that it should be reported.
A sample working installation is available at this web address: http://shadownban-checker.xho.bedita.net.
- If you don't know what a shadowban is, a web browser and a search engine are all you need.
- If you think this app should have been done better, do it.
How does it work
Informations about shadowbanning are not exposed on Twitter's public API. For this reason this app crawls and directly scans the search page on Twitter's web site, like a person, to discover if user's tweets are displayed. To avoid problems with CORS a very simple php proxy is used.
This application is under MIT license with an addendum (see below)
Copyright (C) 2016
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