Parler, founded in Nevada in 2018, sees itself as an alternative to “ideological repression” … [+]
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Ever since Donald Trump was added to the list of one-year-old lame US presidents and mainstream media, Facebook and Twitter have chosen to ignore his dangerous conspiracy theories and unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud (or, as his supporters see, censorship), many of his voters have turned to Parler.
The vast majority of these ultra-conservative voters have not left Twitter or Facebook. In fact, it was only through comments on these social networks that we learned how Trump was allegedly robbed from her alleged escape to Parler. Thanks to them, Parler has seen the number of its users increase by more than a million. He put it at the top of the app download list and put Wikipedia as “a significant user base of Donald Trump supporters, conservatives, conspiracy theorists, and right-wing extremists. “
Parler was founded in 2018 with the economic support of Rebekah Mercer, a conservative multimillionaire who also finances right-wing websites like Breitbart News or the now defunct Cambridge Analytica, promising them “freedom of speech” and a forum where they can talk about anything they can want want without restrictions. According to its founder, Parler is “a community space, an open space with no censorship … if you can say it in the streets of New York, you can say it in Parler”.
Unless, of course, that’s not true. Not only is Parler funded with the same money that Cambridge Analytica funded, but his pledges not to promise moderation and censorship are, of course, a fiction. It censors and a lot: it removes user accounts and prohibits numerous terms and Images, to the point that its usage policies are more restrictive than Facebook or Twitter, the only exception being hate speech, which is widespread. Furthermore, as a network that hosts all kinds of crackpot conspiracy theories, unsurprisingly, it’s the target of a number of insane allegations, including that Fox News allegedly claimed Parler was part of the bete noir of mad law, George Soros.
To top off its value proposition, Parler now has a porn problem with hashtags like #keepamericasexy, #sexytrumpgirl, or # milfsfortrump2020. All very uplifting.
You would have thought that by now everyone would know that creating a platform with no rules of any kind is a losing game and simply attracts the very people society should be protected from. Against the background of Parler’s creators and shareholders, it seems clear that the idea was to create a platform to attract a specific segment of voters and reinforce their echo chamber, and that instead the idea was “no censorship”: “We censor views we disagree with. “
Same old same old.