Here are some hard numbers for the goons that mocked the ‘unscientific’ nature of those informal tests of social media bias that made the news.
We covered those tests in this story:
Someone Put Google’s Supposed Political Impartiality To The Test… Here Are The Results
But some people need the hard data. Evidence. Science.
Ok, here are some hard numbers for you.
In an interview with some of the big players in the Conservative Digital World, GP dug into what the impact of the algorithm changes on those numbers looks like.
Floyd Brown is a conservative author, speaker and media commentator. In 2008 Floyd launched Western Journal which quickly became one of the top conservative websites in America. By 2016 Floyd’s organization of Western Journal and other conservative websites under his umbrella had more than a billion page views. Since 2016 Floyd’s organization lost 75% of its Facebook traffic.
Likewise, we spoke with Jared Vallorani from Klicked Media. Jared traveled to Washington DC with The Gateway Pundit and website owners at 100%FedUp in June to discuss Facebook targeting against conservative publishers with Republican lawmakers. Jared told The Gateway Pundit his organization Klicked Media, which hosts over 60 conservative websites, lost 400 million page views from Facebook in the last six months if you compare the traffic to a year ago. Jared said, “We lost 70% to 80% of our traffic if you compare January to May 2017 vs Jan to May 2018.”
If you combine the total number of pageviews lost by just these two conservative online publishers you are looking at a loss of over 1.5 billion pageviews from Facebook in one year.
How is that for some objective numbers.
Funny how this conservative blood-letting happened just after a General Election that was heavily influenced by social media, and alternative news outlets.
It’s almost as though there was a battle-plan to choke off conservative media. Scratch that. They called it a ‘war plan’. It was published here.
This was Gizmodo (which is NOT right-leaning) from 2016:
Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News
Last March, around the time Facebook’s founder was having those hearings, this article was written about the impact of the algorithm, complete with graphs and charts.
Is there any wonder the President is raising this issue, or that there is a petition that free speech rights be extended to the DIGITAL public square, where so much of our political discourse ultimately takes place?
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