By Ewan Palmer | 14 June 2021
NEWSWEEK — The CEO of “free speech” social network Gab has claimed that the reason conservative commentator Ben Shapiro frequently has some the biggest engagement on Facebook is due to “controlled opposition.”
Andrew Torba, who founded the controversial platform frequently used by neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists and far-right figures banned from other social media sites, made the claim while sharing a National File article on Saturday.
The article notes that Shapiro is constantly among the top performing figures when it comes to Facebook engagement ranked by total interactions in the U.S.
According to the Twitter account Facebook Top 10, which uses date form CrowdTangle, Shapiro has had at least one post in Facebook’s top 10 link posts every day since April 10.
The latest rankings posted on June 11 shows that Shapiro’s links were among six of the ten best performing on Facebook, with Sean Hannity, Dan Bongino, and Dan Rather making up the remaining four posts. […]
The top-performing link posts by U.S. Facebook pages in the last 24 hours are from:
1. Sean Hannity
2. Ben Shapiro
3. Ben Shapiro
4. Ben Shapiro
5. Dan Bongino
6. Dan Rather
7. Ben Shapiro
8. Ben Shapiro
9. Ben Shapiro
10. Dan Bongino
— Facebook’s Top 10 (@FacebooksTop10) June 11, 2021