The following article appeared in Gateway Pundit on October 17th
By Jim Hoft
For over a year The Gateway Pundit has spoken out about how the tech and social media giants are censoring and eliminating conservative publishers and conservative content.
In September The Gateway Pundit founder Jim Hoft testified to Congress on Facebook targeting of conservative publishers and content.
The Gateway Pundit has repeatedly reported on tech giant censorship of conservative content.
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 February Facebook launched another algorithm change to their platform. With the changes we saw our traffic dwindle even further.
The algorithmic change caused President Donald Trump’s engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%.
Facebook is doing this to a number of top conservative sites.
A recent Pew Study found that 71% of Americans see how tech giants are censoring political content.
A Gateway Pundit June study of top conservative news outlets found that Facebook eliminated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites.
Facebook began eliminating conservative content after the 2016 election.
Here are the full results from our study.
We have another study on Facebook censorship coming out in July.
Report: Facebook Eliminates 93% of Traffic to Top Conservative Websites by Jim Hoft on Scribd
But there may be some hope for conservatives and free speech advocates.
The US Supreme Court has decided to hear a case on whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds.
The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which can be sued for First Amendment violations.
The case could have broader implications for social media and other media outlets. In particular, a broad ruling from the high court could open the country’s largest technology companies up to First Amendment lawsuits.
That could shape the ability of companies like Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet’s Google to control the content on their platforms as lawmakers clamor for more regulation and activists on the left and right spar over issues related to censorship and harassment.
The Supreme Court accepted the case on Friday. It is the first case taken by a reconstituted high court after Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation earlier this month.