In a video posted to the free speech video sharing platform Gab TV this week, Gab CEO Andrew Torba laid out the case for why many experts believe neoconservative political commentator Ben Shapiro is “controlled opposition,” or receiving promotion from left-wing Big Tech companies because the policies he advocates for are reportedly in alignment with oligarchical interests.
“Let me tell you why Ben Shapiro is controlled opposition, and why you’re being duped: he’s really there – and he’s designed to be there – as a distraction, and as a talking head of the establishment elite,” Torba noted, noting that Shapiro is “not speaking truth to power” and is one of the few anti-abortion talking heads that has not been deplatformed from Big Tech.
“So the fact that Ben Shapiro gets a pass on [abortion issues] should be red flag number one,” Torba continued. “Red flag number two should be the fact that Ben Shapiro, on a daily basis, appears in the top-performing posts on Facebook . . . what’s happening is Facebook is artificially boosting Ben Shapiro and other establishment-approved talking into Facebook news feeds of people who do not engage with their content and do not follow their pages.
Torba noted that reports of Shapiro being shadowed-boosted have been confirmed by media outlets across the political spectrum, including Buzzfeed and National File. As of June 15, links to Shapiro’s posts comprised 8 of the top 10 best-performing post across Facebook.
Speaking about Shapiro and other mainstream neoconservative figures, the Gab CEO stated, “There’s a reason that these people are never censored. Did you notice that? You know, those of us who have experienced censorship over the past five years, who have seen it rise over the past five years – who are the people being censored? It’s the people talking about demographic replacement. It’s the people talking about white genocide. It’s the people talking about anti-white and anti-Christian hatred. It’s the people that are talking about the problem at the border, the experimental vaccine, the origin of the virus in the Wuhan lab. These are the people being censored. It’s not Sean Hannity. It’s not Ben Shapiro.”
“You really have to ask yourself, ‘Why is that?'” Torba said. “Why is it that they are not experiencing censorship like the rest of us are, but also they’re being artificially inflated by Big Tech. So while Big Tech is silencing those of us who are actually speaking truth to power . . . [Big Tech is] artificially boosting the conservative fodder, as I like to call it, that are basically bread-and-circus for conservative Christians.”