Those in the mainstream media may proclaim that President Joe Biden is hugely popular among Americans, but if that’s the case, then why does he need Big Tech’s help in maintaining his image?
The Epoch Times reported back in April that data suggested some 2.5 million “dislikes” had been removed by YouTube from videos posted to the platform by the Biden White House — and evidence indicates they’re still adding to that number.
A YouTube spokesperson told the Times earlier this year that the company has “policies and systems in place to ensure that the engagement on YouTube is authentic, and remove any fraudulent metrics.” Indeed, the platform has a policy on removing spam “likes” and “dislikes” — but according to data cited by the Times, only “dislikes” are appearing from Biden’s videos.
The Times said YouTube has removed an average of 8,000 “dislikes” from each of the Biden White House’s videos on the platform. No “likes” have been removed, the outlet said.
“Fact check” falls short
Analysts first noticed that “dislikes” were disappearing from the president’s YouTube videos soon after his inauguration on Jan. 20.
Since then, even an independent fact check has failed to disprove the claims.
In a post dated Jan. 25, PolitiFact said it’s unclear “how YouTube determines whether engagement is authentic or spam.”
“So it is possible YouTube removed dislikes it deemed ‘spam’ from videos posted by the White House account,” the fact checker surmised at the time. “But there is no evidence YouTube deliberately removed authentic dislikes from the video to support the Biden administration or silence critics.”
Biden still disappoints
Either way, Biden doesn’t seem to be faring too well on the popular video hosting platform.
The Epoch Times reports: “Even after the interventions [by YouTube], the videos have nearly six times more dislikes than likes on average, the data shows. Without intervention the ratio would be over 17 dislikes for every like.”
The Times‘ figures came from an independent and anonymous researcher, 81m.org, who began to closely track the “likes” and “dislikes” of all videos posted to the president’s account beginning on Jan. 26.
To date, some 735 videos have been reviewed.