TOMS RIVER, NJ – With over 150,000 fans on the Facebook social media platform and over 200,000 followers, Shore News Network this week set up shop on Parler.
The social media startup Parler is owned by Conservative activist and media personality Dan Bongino. In the past week, Facebook has been restricting access to conservative news media websites and censoring content produced by those news providers. This week, millions of Facebook users defected to Bongino’s social media platform.
“We’ve maintained a presence on Facebook for 12 years and haven’t had a single violation against our account,” said Phil Stilton, editor of Shore News Network. “We noticed Facebook started restricting our reach about a week before the election, then began flagging all of our election coverage ahead of the 2020 election. The tech industry is not the arbiter of freedom of speech in America and neither is Facebook.”
Shore News Network had a platform-wide reach of 20,000,000 readers in October, one of its best months to date. Stilton credits his platform’s social media diversity as the key to that success.
“We reached 5,000,000 people on Facebook in October and then as November hit, we saw a significant drop and once we looked into it, Facebook was targeting our national political coverage and nothing else,” Stilton said. “Luckily, we have a large presence on other platforms and mobile news apps, so it didn’t affect our business, but I can’t imagine the impact this has had on businesses who put all of their eggs in the Facebook basket.”
Shore News Network is New Jersey’s largest conservative media platform, established in 2008.
“We’re not going to abandon Facebook, but we’re also not going to continue wasting our time sharing news there for now, until the platform figures itself out,” Stilton said. “If Facebook wants to remain a left-wing censorship operation, then we really don’t want anything to do with it. Time will tell, we’re at a pretty ugly point in American history where technology companies aligned with and supporting the Democrat party financially are actively engaged in information suppression against the news media. Until then, we’ll be doing what we can to promote our new home on Parler and invite our millions of readers to come to follow us.”
Stilton said Bongino took a big risk when he became an owner of the Parler app this past summer, but since moving to Parler, readership has been up in a matter of days. Despite having just a few hundred followers on Parler, he said Parler posts are outperforming Facebook posts by about 75% in the first week alone.
Shore News Network was the only news media organization in New Jersey to endorse President Donald J. Trump during the 2016 primary and general elections.