Facebook has concluded there is an undisclosed financial relationship between The Daily Wire, the website founded by right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro, and Mad World News, a notorious outlet that exploits fear and bigotry for profit.
Last week, Popular Information exposed how The Daily Wire has gained unprecedented distribution on Facebook through its relationship with Mad World News.
We are also warning Daily Wire and will demote them if we see this behavior continue," a Facebook spokesperson said.
A Facebook spokesperson said it was standard company protocol to impose a more severe penalty on the publisher posting the link.
In other words, it would be lumped in with all the other traffic from Facebook, including the Facebook pages owned by The Daily Wire and any other page or person on Facebook.
But the UTM code would allow The Daily Wire to pay Mad World News for sending The Daily Wire visitors through Facebook.
A Facebook spokesman confirmed that The Daily Wire's relationship with US Chronicle also violates Facebook's rules. »