WordPress Statistics Are Undercounting

This is something I took as a given. The numbers do not match up, you win followers from countries that did not appear in your statistics before and so on. But there are people who looked into this in more detail.

While Facebook’s recent purge of right-leaning pages is obvious and has made news, perhaps just as destructive is the stealth censorship.  A good example may be the report of WordPress’s “statistics shadowbanning” of Whatfinger News.
Whatfinger is an increasingly popular news aggregator; it’s like a non-establishment version of Drudge, only more comprehensive, more conservative, and more interesting. And assuredly more targeted for destruction. According to Whatfinger and the blog Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM), WordPress is now hiding its referrals from the former – and from other entities – a strategy that could alienate sites from the aggregator by making them think it sends them no traffic.  This would be a type of shadowbanning, which is “the act of blocking or partially blocking a user or their content from an online community such that it will not be readily apparent to the user that they have been banned,” as Wikipedia correctly puts itWhile Facebook’s recent purge of right-leaning pages is obvious and has made news, perhaps just as destructive is the stealth censorship.  A good example may be the report of WordPress’s “statistics shadowbanning” of Whatfinger News.
Whatfinger is an increasingly popular news aggregator; it’s like a non-establishment version of Drudge, only more comprehensive, more conservative, and more interesting. And assuredly more targeted for destruction. According to Whatfinger and the blog Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM), WordPress is now hiding its referrals from the former – and from other entities – a strategy that could alienate sites from the aggregator by making them think it sends them no traffic.  This would be a type of shadowbanning, which is “the act of blocking or partially blocking a user or their content from an online community such that it will not be readily apparent to the user that they have been banned,” as Wikipedia correctly puts it.

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