As social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook crack down more forcefully on falsehoods and misinformation, conservative users are flocking to a new platform: Parler. On 9 November alone the of downlo surpassedParler is a Twitter-like social media app launched in by John Matze, who is still its chief executive officer.
There are supposedly only two rules on Parler: first, no posting anything unlawful and two, no spam. As of late Julythe app had by its own more than 2. A of high-profile conservatives are on the app. Senator Ted Cruz has promoted it.
Conservatives are flocking to a new 'free speech' social media app that has started banning liberal users
The rightwing pundit Candace Owens as early as December was recruiting Twitter followers to move to Parler. The Fox News host Maria Bartimoro gained more thanfollowers on Parler after announcing she would soon leave Twitter.
Parler has also become a safe haven for conservatives pushed out of other platforms. Parler has apparently been courting one major user it has yet to secure: Donald Trump.
Parler: the social network that's winning conservative recruits
The president, whose tweets have been censored more than 30 times in recent days, has almost 89 million Twitter followers and has been particularly outspoken in his criticisms of the platform. The free speech mandate touted by Parler is not as straightforward as it seems.
One item in its terms of service tells users they can be billed for any losses or damages attributed to what they post on Parler. Leftists and liberals say they are already being banned from the app for content the conservative, free-speech-loving user base disagrees with.
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Content can also be removed for violating Parler policy. If a person gets more than 20 violation points in 90 days, they will be removed from the platform.
This system stands in contrast with Twitter and Facebook, whose esoteric censorship processes have been controversial. The goal of a complete lack of censorship on the platform is leading to some content struggles for Parler, involving pornographyobscenities and spam.
Parler: the social network that's winning conservative recruits. Kari Paul.
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