Nigel Farage Destroys Mark Zuckerberg: Stop Telling Us Facebook is “Platform for All Ideas” – Your Algorithms Censor Conservatives!
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the European Parliament on Tuesday.
During his testimony Nigel Farage, the British politician behind the Brexit vote, accused Zuckerberg and Facebook of intentional and “willful discrimination” of conservative publishers on the platform.
Farage was brilliant.
Transcript via Breitbart:
“Historically, of course, it’s true, that through Facebook and other forms of social media there is no way that Brexit or Trump or the Italian elections could ever possibly have happened. It was social media that allowed people to get round the back of mainstream media.”
“Perhaps you’re horrified by this creation of yours and what it’s led to, I don’t know. But what is absolutely true is that since January of this year, you’ve changed your modus operandi, you’ve changed your algorithms, and it has led directly to a very substantial drop in views and engagements for those who have got right-of-center political opinions.
My message to Mark Zuckerberg today:
Stop telling us Facebook is a “platform for all ideas”. The evidence shows your algorithms censor conservative opinions. pic.twitter.com/HWLabaDcP9
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 22, 2018
Nigel Farage is completely correct.
In 2016 conservative Americans rejected the far left and corrupt mainstream media and fled to the internet for their information.
In 2016 The Gateway Pundit was one of the few conservative sites that supported candidate Trump – along with Breitbart, The Drudge Report, Infowars, Zero Hedge and Conservative Treehouse.
We were and still are proud of our efforts to report the truth that led to Trump’s historic win.
In 2017 Harvard and Columbia Journalism Review found that The Gateway Pundit was the 4th most influential conservative news source in the 2016 election among conservative publishers.
Because of this we were targeted and have seen our numbers related to Facebook and Twitter decline dramatically.
Tech Giants Google and Facebook are currently purging conservative content from Facebook and YouTube — They are hiding conservative stories on Google — They are shadow-banning conservative news on all social media.
In February Facebook launched a new algorithm to ensure that conservative news would not spread on the social media platform.
This was after Facebook announced it was losing 50,000,000 user hours a day in the previous quarter.
The algorithm change caused President Donald Trump’s engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%.
In contrast, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) do not appear to have suffered a comparable decline in Facebook engagement.
Top conservative Facebook pages with daily traffic in the millions have seen 75% to 95% drop in traffic.
This is how Democrats fight back — Not with better ideas but with smash-mouth fascist tactics to ruin any threats to their total dominance.
Young Cons, Western Journalism, SarahPalin.com, Independent Journal Review, Right Wing News, and several others have seen dramatic loss in traffic.
The Gateway Pundit does not rely on Facebook for our traffic numbers but Facebook is a significant part of every major publication’s strategy today.
Still, we saw a significant drop in Facebook traffic since the beginning of the year– .
And in March Facebook shut down our traffic stream from the social media platform.
Our Facebook traffic went from 33% of our total traffic to 3% of our total traffic since the beginning of 2018.
This is corrupt, if not criminal, behavior.
Meanwhile, liberal sites are doing fine.
A recent report by Outline organization confirmed the conservative publishers were hit the hardest by the recent Facebook news feed changes.
The study also found the The Gateway Pundit was hit the hardest by these changes.
Via The Outline:
Facebook’s January 12 announcement that it would begin to de-prioritize news publishers and their posts in users’ News Feeds has had a surprisingly profound and partisan impact. According to The Outline’s analysis of Facebook engagement data obtained from research tool BuzzSumo, conservative and right-wing publishers (such as Breitbart, Fox News, and Gateway Pundit) were hit the hardest in the weeks following the announcement, with Facebook engagement totals for February dropping as much as 55 percent for some, while the engagement numbers of most predominantly liberal publishers remained unaffected.
Both liberal and conservative publishers of clickbait and highly polarizing content also experienced a significant drop in engagement following Facebook’s News Feed de-prioritization announcement.
The Outline drew these conclusions after analyzing the Facebook engagement data of 20 publishers from March 5, 2017 to February 28, 2018.
The Outline then posted results from several top US news publishers.
You can see The New York Times has not suffered by the recent changes.
But conservative news publishers were hit hard.
Here is Breitbart.com’s Facebook page.
And here is The Gateway Pundit’s Facebook numbers through February.
In March Facebook shut down our content. You cannot even share a Gateway Pundit story without getting a warning now.
And this is after we spent tens of thousands of dollars advertising on Facebook.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 22, 2018