Kirsters Baish| We have all heard about the despicable ways that social media giant Facebook has essentially killed the trust of users after unfairly censoring massive amounts of conservative content by now. The Gateway Pundit and other Conservative news outlets have repeatedly reported on it. In 2017, The Gateway Pundit reached a record high number of page views, reaching an all-time high with 224 million views. This number exceeded 2016’s 182 million views. These numbers come despite the fact that Facebook was massively censoring them.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
2017 was a very challenging year for TGP. Facebook and Twitter often altered their platforms to prevent TGP stories from being shared. They have employed far left operatives who deem which stories are acceptable and others they kill off before they go viral.
Stories like ‘Hillary is going to win in a landslide’, ‘Hillary is not sick’ or ‘Trump colluded with Russia’ are considered accurate news reports.
These powerful tech firms act as gatekeepers and prevent conservative content from being shared online.
The Gateway Pundit was one of very few conservative sites in 2016 that openly backed then-candidate Donald Trump. Breitbart News also supported Trump very openly, along with the Drudge Report, Zero Hedge, Infowars, and Conservative Treehouse. These sites aided in Trump’s 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton by educating Americans on politics.
Last year, Harvard and Columbia Journalism Review reported that the Gateway Pundit was viewed as the 4th “most influential conservative news source” in regards to the 2016 presidential election. This is why the Gateway Pundit was individually targeted by Facebook. Their numbers relating to the social media site quickly dropped.
The Pundit reports:
In every single Facebook category our numbers are down. In page visits our numbers were skyrocketing before the election. Then in three distinct periods our numbers were cut off.
This had nothing to do with the quality of our posts as we have proof that our generic numbers are up and and continue to increase.
In all statistical categories provided to us by Facebook our current numbers are below linear projections of where we should be.
Facebook introduced a new algorithm again in February with the aim of changing their platform. Websites like the Gateway Pundit had even more trouble with gaining traffic. President Trump even saw his own numbers on the social media site fall by 45%. This was not a coincidence. That is pretty evident. Compare this to Breitbart News’s Allum Bokhari, socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren have not seen much of a change in their Facebook numbers, as reported by the Pundit.
The Gateway Pundit explains that even though they have around 635,000 Facebook followers, they barely get any traffic from the site.
A new Pew Study revealed that 71% of Americans understand that tech giants are censoring political content.
A June Gateway Pundit June of leading conservative news outlets shows that Facebook has ended around 93% of traffic to leading conservative websites.
Facebook started to eliminate conservative content following the 2016 election.