A new Pew Research Center survey found that seven in ten Americans see how social media giants censor and quash political views.
The study comes amid an ongoing debate over the power of digital technology companies and the way they do business. Social media companies in particular, including Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, have recently come under scrutiny for failing to promptly tackle the problem of fake news as more Americans consume news on their platforms.
In the study of 4,594 U.S. adults, conducted between May 29 and June 11, roughly 72 percent of the respondents believed that social media platforms actively censored political views those companies found objectionable.
The perception that technology companies were politically biased and suppressed political speech was especially widespread among Republicans, the study showed.
The Gateway Pundit has repeatedly reported on tech giant censorship of conservative content.
The Gateway Pundit (TGP) reached a record number of page views in 2017.
TGP readership hit an all-time high in 2017!
We reached more than 224 million page views in 2017. This surpassed our previous record from 2016 of 182 million page views.
We thank all our readers for all their support.
This Was Despite Unprecedented Attacks–
On the other hand, 2017 was a very challenging year for TGP. Facebook and Twitter have 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.
In 2016 we were one of the few conservative sites that supported candidate Trump – along with Breitbart, The Drudge Report, Infowars, Zero Hedge and Conservative Treehouse. We 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.
Because of this we were targeted and have seen our numbers related to Facebook and Twitter decline dramatically.
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 ourgeneric 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.
In February Facebook launched another algorithm change to their platform. With the changes we saw our traffic dwindle even further.
We weren’t the only ones to be affected. The algorithmic change caused President Donald Trump’s engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%.
In contrast, according to Breitbart’sAllum Bokhari, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) do not appear to have suffered a comparable decline in Facebook engagement.