… This morning I was contacted by a reader that sent me the following message: “Just remembered; can you get the web page changed to allow sharing the stories on at least Twitter? The format s/b as automated as possible to allow the tweet icon by each story w opening the tweet; once tweeted, close the tweet box to allow continued reading. Thank you. I remembered because you changed the format to NOT allow tweeting the stories; so I put the news icon aside because I tweet most different stories and I had liked your company reporting.”
Boy did that open a can of worms because as I explained to the reader, we never changed the format and do have share buttons, including Twitter, on every single page, right above the headline on article pages and in the top right corner of all pages, article, menu and main pages.
He thanked me, provided screen shots of what he was seeing, using his Firefox/Mozilla browser, one from the main page and one from an article page….. where no sharing icons were visible….
I suggested he try another browser, asking him to let me know if the icons showed then, which he agreed to do, stating “I’ll try this experiment first cuz I want to be able to share ur articles; even if I ONLY use another browser for ur stuff. Thanks Susan.”
While he did that, Stefan and I opened GoogleChrome and Firefox and started testing. My Firefox hasn’t been updated since I stopped using it many years ago, and the icons took over a minute to load, but showed up. Stefan’s research found something far different as the share buttons showed on his Google Chrome, but did not show on his Firefox browser on the front page or on article pages. The Share This option was blank.
Stefan took a step further and did the same test over at Infowars, where the sharing options showed up in chrome, but not using his Firefox browser, as seen in the screen shot he sent with the underlying image from Chrome and the inserted image to the right, from Firefox….
This observant reader then decided to try something else, and he seems to have found the culprit, which in and of itself is interesting. He then told me “WARNING: I installed a FireFox Popup Blocker a while ago. It NEVER blocked your share buttons; then all of a sudden it started to block them! I turned it off after I tested the Microsoft Browser to see if it was the culprit and sure enough; it was! I can get you data on that too if you want; but like I said IT NEVER DID THIS BEFORE.”
The reason that was interesting is because the share icons are written into the template, they are not popups. Once a share icon is clicked, then a box will pop up to share, or it will open another tab, but the buttons themselves are coded into the page templates.
Apparently back in August 2017, Firefox introduced “fact-checking software backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and George Soros,” to start censoring Independent Media, under the guise of fighting against “fake news,” meaning any news that did not conform to the liberal media’s official narrative, and it appears they are also using software, ad-ons, and plugins in a manner that helps prevent Independent Media or Alternative Media from receiving the same exposure as liberal establishment media….