Facebook’s Algorithm Change Disproportionately Hits Conservative Sites

A data-driven report in The Western Journal sheds more light on how Facebook’s recent newsfeed algorithm change has disproportionately affected conservatives and conservative media.

The report is based on data from the third-party service SimilarWeb, which tracks web traffic. It shows that conservative publishers have lost an average of 14 percent of their traffic from Facebook since the platform’s newsfeed change, while liberal websites have gained an average of 2 percent. When Fox News, a high-traffic outlier, is removed from the results, the average drop in Facebook traffic for conservative websites is 32.4 percent.