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In its most basic understood form, dating well back to before the term was coined, this functionality existed in BBS software in the 1980s...it sure as hell predated anything Facebook ever developed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_banning




Based on comments in this thread (and my own experience on BBSes), it predates Zuckerberg being born. Just for some perspective of how ridiculous this patent is.


The original article was posted in December, 2011

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Shadow_banning&ol...

There it was originally called "Hellbanning"

Patents are a joke.




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