Last month a former Facebook worker admitted that his colleagues routinely stifled conservative news stories and prevented them from showing up in the news feed, even when they were trending among Facebook users. They were also ordered to promote stories that weren’t trending at all. Facebook has of course, vehemently denied these claims.
However, the owners of several gun based Facebook pages would probably disagree with that. They’re claiming that the social media platform has been actively suppressing their posts for the past few months. According to the social media manager for Alien Gear Holsters, “Content that would normally reach our nearly one million followers has steadily dropped to a fraction of what it once was, despite our page’s continual growth of new followers.”
Brandon Curtis, who contributes to Concealed Nation, also added that “We have over 700,000 likes on our Facebook page and tremendous reader response to our material…We didn’t change a thing about the way we post. In February our Facebook traffic fell off a cliff. It sank by nearly 50 percent in that first month.”
Brandon then contacted other organizations in the gun industry, and found that they too were rapidly losing website traffic. The site rankings for The Truth About Guns, Gun Owners of America, and USA Carry are sinking, and Facebook is responsible.
In this case, Facebook fessed up to being responsible. They’ve either told these groups that their posts are being suppressed for being “overly promotional” or for having “too much commercial content.” That’s funny coming from a website that derives all of its money from advertisements.
Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.