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Gab CEO claims Ben Shapiro's popularity on Facebook is 'controlled opposition'

Gab CEO claims Ben Shapiro's popularity on Facebook is 'controlled opposition'

6/14/2021 7:56:00 PM

Gab CEO claims Ben Shapiro 's popularity on Facebook is 'controlled opposition'

Andrew Torbe made the claim while sharing an article about Shapiro's constantly high social media engagement, following reports of 'shadow boosting.'

In November 2020, a study from the University of Virginia showed that Facebook tends to"polarize users, particularly conservative users" more than other social media platforms, and they are more likely to benefit from Facebook's algorithms.

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"In fact, the researchers found that typical conservative users, in months when they visited Facebook more than usual, read news that was about 30 percent more conservative than the online news they would typically read," the university said in a release.

According to the article shared by Torba, Shapiro benefited from Facebook giving him posts"shadow-boosts"—a reported tactic in which people would see his content in their feeds despite never seeing or searching for similar types of posts.So-called"shadow boosts" are the opposite of shadow banning in which posts are hidden from wider audiences.

have accused social media platforms of shadow banning conservative figures several times down the years.Torba has been reached for comment.Ben Shapiro is seen on the set of"Candace" on April 28, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. The show will air on Friday, April 30, 2021. Gab SEO Andrew Torba has claimed Ben Shapiro frequently has large Facebook engagement because of"controlled opposition."

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