Why is it that entrepreneurs who become vastly wealthy from American free market capitalism suddenly morph into progressive socialist tools and set upon a crusade to use their wealth for the punishment of conservative American patriots to the benefit of fellow progressive socialists?
From Soros to Zuckerberg, this illogical oddity exists. Especially in the tech sector, I can’t think of a single beneficiary of old-fashioned American capitalism who hasn’t become the polar opposite, a flaming liberal. There may be a conservative or two out there in Silicon Valley, but it would certainly be accurate to say that conservatives among the moneyed masters of technology are as easy to find as Hollywood conservatives.
Case in point: facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who is constantly tweaking the social media giant, apparently to punish conservatives. Zuckerberg would be wise to remember the old axiom, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” He can’t simply enjoy the vast wealth he has suddenly been blessed with, he now finds it necessary to use the facebook platform as an anti-conservative tool of the progressive left.
I began Powdered Wig in 2013 as a protest to the corrupt and criminal Barack Hussein, who, by the way, has not let up, still believing that he is in power, visiting foreign heads of state as though he were still president, intent upon delegitimizing President Trump’s election.
I was on the Trump Train from the day of his now-famous escalator ride and announcement of his candidacy and platform. I am proud to say that President Trump and some members of his staff are Powdered Wig readers. Then-candidate Trump tweeted one of my articles to the world in 2016 which provoked the expected condemnation from the usual suspects in the mainstream media – George Stephanopoulos and his fellow liberal talking heads.
Powdered Wig was doing well in those days. Not so anymore. Like all conservative bloggers, I have seen my traffic, thus revenue, drop drastically, largely due to the efforts of Herr Zuckerberg to punish conservatives.
All bloggers, conservative and liberal alike, depend on facebook for marketing and we pay them for it. In return, we have seen our traffic drop as much as 75% in the past six months, as one manager/web developer of many conservative websites recently told me, putting many out of business.
Imagine your monthly income dropping 75%, from $4,000 to $1,000. Then you have to pay your overhead from the $1,000, the remainder of which you must pay income taxes on. I think you can appreciate the frustration.
Facebook has altered its algorithms regularly over the past few years to cut conservative traffic. They have hired liberal content police like Soros-connected Snopes to weed out what they consider “fake news” (translation: conservative commentary).
Fascistbook (latest term of derision for the social media colossus) isn’t alone in its anti-conservative crusade. Google, whose Adsense was once our a top advertiser, has demonetized many conservative sites, including Powdered Wig. Likewise, Twitter and YouTube, which announced recently that the world’s largest video warehouse has hired the Southern Poverty Law Center to police videos for fake news content. Why not just hire the DNC? They need the money.
I have suggested a class action lawsuit against facebook, which is clearly in violation of the First Amendment, suppressing the free speech of conservatives. An antitrust lawsuit should also be considered against the social media titan and its liberal megamedia confederates, Twitter and Google.
Among prominent conservatives who have reported a massive drop in facebook traffic is President Trump, as explained in the Breitbart article, below.
Engagement on Donald Trump’s Facebook posts has dropped by approximately 45 percent since the platform introduced a new algorithm change, following a year of pressure from left-wing employees and the mainstream media for “allowing” the President to win the 2016 general election.
In January, Facebook introduced a major change to its newsfeed algorithm. In a post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that the change aimed to give greater emphasis to posts from “friends, family and groups” and less to “businesses, brands and media.” The change was followed by a promise to promote what Facebook calls “broadly trusted” news sources on the platform.
In the month following the algorithm change, engagement on Donald Trump’s Facebook posts dropped sharply. Total engagement dropped by approximately 45 percent, according to data from leading social media analytics firm NewsWhip. In an email to Breitbart News, a representative of Newswhip confirmed that Breitbart’s reading of the data was accurate.
Average engagement on Trump’s Facebook posts following the algorithm change also dropped significantly, by approximately 38 percent.
The decline in engagement on Trump’s Facebook cannot be attributed to a drop in posting frequency on the part of Trump. In the 13 days prior to Facebook’s algorithm change (28 Dec – 10 Jan), Trump made 67 posts, with no significant drop in engagement. After the change, Trump posted at roughly the same rate – between 59 and 67 posts in each 13-day period, but was still met with the dramatic decline in engagement seen above.
When compared to high-profile Democratic political figures, Trump’s engagement appears to have been hit particularly badly. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders do not appear to have suffered a comparable decline in Facebook engagement.
Even if they did face a similar decline, it would not be comparable in terms of impact. As the graph above shows, they are far less successful on Facebook than President Trump, which means they have far less to lose. Currently, any change that reduces the reach or engagement of public figures on Facebook will disproportionately affect Trump when compared to public figures with much lower engagement.
In a comment to Breitbart News, Facebook appeared to acknowledge that their algorithm change might have caused Trump’s engagement numbers to fall. A Facebook representative highlighted the following section of their post announcing the algorithm change:
“Pages may see their reach, video watch time and referral traffic decrease. The impact will vary from Page to Page, driven by factors including the type of content they produce and how people interact with it.”