Monday, May 1, 2017

Fake Customers after Fake News; Are NYT, WP, and The Guardian Buying Fake Traffics from China?

The rise in the subscribers of big news agencies is not a weird or uncommon thing. Its normal that a media with millions of subscribers and readers around the world can use strategies to widen the circle of its readers. However, the rate of rise depends on different factors and should seem reasonable at the end.

Last week, New York Times stated in an article that the controversial election in the US and the election of Donald Trump has led to a 276,000-rise in its "digital-only" customers. It also adds that the Times attracted more subscribers in three months than it did in 12 months in 2015. The rise in subscribers, however, was not in line with traffic rise on the website until December.

In mid-December, the number of viewers on the website increased with a sharp rate and continued after January 2017. Washington Post and The Guardian reported the same model of rise in online traffics in the same period of time. This occurs while no plausible change occured for other news agencies at the same time.

 

A closer look at the data gathered from Alexa, the valid metric for assessing websites, directs us to a surprising result:

 

As can be seen in the photos, all the three websites have had a drastic rise in their Chinese traffics while in other regions, no change took place. Actually, it accounts for half of all the traffic on these three websites in this period. You’ll be more surprised if you figure out that New York Times has been blocked in China since 2012. China even Asked NYT Apps removed from the App store to stress its attitude towards NYT.

As it seems, the three websites, accounted for as the mainstream media, have used traffic generating websites to show rise in their online traffics along with their subscriptions. China is a good choice because it is not considered an ally to the US and its current president, Donald Trump. Besides, the country has professional website holdings for blocking, bot generating, and the likes.

Carlos slim, the owner of New York Times, is the co-owner of two big companies in China and Mexico, another country in conflict with President trump over the controversial border wall. The recent cooperation between Washington Post and Amazon website could be observed under the same scope.

In a recent change, Alexa has removed the country-specific data for these three websites to lessen the pressures on them.

 

The mainstream media has done its best to prevent Trump into the office and then, firing the protests against him. Confronting loss of customers, the “opposition Party” as Trump calls them, took refuge to fake customers after working for a long time on fake news.



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