Check it out yourself on a vanilla voat account! At this exact time as I type this the first news article on voat front page is actually the 17th place (was 20th place) news article! Yet it appears as the first news article on the front page.
Other articles of far far far more ranking, including similar ones, are ignored.
Why? Becuase the tampering is blatantly revealed to suppress "racist" news stories and mold the front page , I think. (no proof)
Or a simple bug. Or a "velocity based" metric wholly separate from v/News
But its way way way too strange to be a simple bug. Its basically that someone cherry picks news for voat front page ignoring the wishes of the automated voat metrics for v/News
New ANTI-RACIST hand editing of VOAT front page ?