Facebook Declares War on Trump, Openly Eliminating Conservative Content
USA — September 5, 2018
Facebook has again declared war on conservatives, in particular, this time the social network is eliminating conservative content from the elections of November 2016.
Last week President Trump warned Google about its biased practices against conservatives and conservative content in their search feature.
Twitter has also been accused of shadow-banning Republican politicians and conservative voices.
Now Facebook has really gotten down to business and has been openly shutting down traffic to conservative websites.
It’s no secret that the Silicon Valley tech giants discriminate against conservatives and conservative content. It’s no secret that they use their networks as a lever of control in the political system. It’s no secret that they use their private companies to influence politics and wage protest.
For example, tech giants united against the American conspiracy theorist for allegedly violating the rules of posting on various social networks.
Most viewed the coordinated attack on Alex Jones as an “attack on free speech” and a “conspiracy of the Deep state.” However, there were those who were inclined to think that all this is nothing more than a competent campaign which actually serves to promote the host's channel.
Last month, after Twitter’s controversial decision to allow far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to remain on its platform, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told one person that he had overruled a decision by his staff to kick Mr. Jones off, according to a person familiar with the discussion. Twitter disputes that account and says Mr. Dorsey wasn’t involved in those discussions.
But that's not what we're talking about. In the case of Alex Jones, the question is his politics and Jones's attitude toward certain issues. For example, in his programs, which Jones published on podcast platforms and Youtube, he repeatedly claimed that the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, in New York was organized by the US government.
As for the new Facebook attacks, in March 2017 the Columbia Journalism Review published a study of the 2016 election that found conservatives had abandoned the liberal mainstream media and went online and to social media to get their news.
Harvard University published a similar study months later.
This slide shows the online influence map on Facebook before the 2016 election.
After this study was published Facebook went to work and started censoring conservative content through a series of algorithm changes.
By summer 2018 this is what the Facebook influence map looks like today.
Facebook was on a mission to delete conservative websites. Most prominent conservative publishers from the November 2016 election have been hit hard or eliminated altogether.
Facebook wiped out traffic to several top conservative websites: Gateway Pundit, Infowars, Truthfeed, Ending the Fed, The Political Insider, Young Cons, Allen West, Sarah Palin, 100% Fed Up, Western Journalism, redstate Watcher, Pamela Geller, IJR, and others were almost completely wiped out. Breitbart and Daily Caller also took a significant hit. (The very influential Drudge Report was not listed in the study.)
A study by Western Journal found that since 2017 liberal publishers have seen an increase of 1.86% in traffic. The same study found conservative publishers saw a decrease of 13.71% during the same time period.
Facebook is removing content which its owners disagree with. It is well known that Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly opposed Trump's policies and called the elections 'illegitimate'. But since he can do nothing to Trump and those who support him directly, he has decided to do it by removing and blocking groups of conservatives, especially those related to the election.