Tired of social media giant Twitter’s censorship of conservative voices, many have decided to join a new free-speech social media platform named ‘Parler.’
Begun with the purpose of providing an alternative to Twitter, Parler’s four main values are to empower users, innovate, build communities and support free speech.
“Parler is an unbiased social media focused on real user experiences and engagement,” its website states. “Our content is moderated based off the FCC and the Supreme Court of the United States which enables free expression without violence and a lack of censorship. Parler never shares your personal data.”
According to its ‘About’ page, Parler was founded back in 2018 after co-founders John Matze and Jared Thomson became fed up with the lack of transparency and ideological suppression in big tech companies. They decided to create an alternative, and Parler was born.
As of publishing time, Parler had not responded to a request for comment from The Daily Citizen.
Conservative commentator Jesse Kelly, who was previously banned from Twitter back in 2018, though his account was quickly restored following massive backlash, tweeted that he has decided to join Parler.
“Just got @parler_app. I’m assuming none of us are long for this site. Find me @JesseKellyDC. I’m amazing,” Kelly wrote. “Loving the app so far. I like that you can subscribe to get notifications when someone posts.”
“Parler will set you free!” Rep. Nunes opined.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced on Thursday that he was also joining Parler. In a video posted to Twitter, Sen. Cruz said, “I’m proud to join @parler_app – a platform gets what free speech is all about – and I’m excited to be a part of it. Let’s speak. Let’s speak freely. And let’s end the Silicon Valley censorship.”
Benny Johnson, Chief Creative Officer at Turning Point USA, tweeted that he has also joined Parler. “10 years on Twitter. I’m done. Disgusted with the censorship on this platform,” Johnson wrote. “Twitter is now so aggressively ANTI Free Speech, it’s not fun anymore. Just got on @parler_app. It’s refreshing.”
Over the past month, Twitter has received substantial blowback for censoring some of President Trump’s tweets.
On Tuesday, June 23, Twitter added a warning label to one of the president’s tweets speaking against an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C.
“There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!” the president tweeted.
Twitter’s warning label said the tweet violated Twitter’s rules about “abusive behavior.” The label also prohibits people from liking, retweeting or commenting on that specific tweet.
According to Forbes, Parler has announced a $20,000 giveaway to the first prominent progressive voice who joins the platform. The challenge was originally set at $10,000, but has since been doubled.
Parler does have a way for users to report posts, just like Twitter has. However, some have raised concerns that Parler’s commitment to free speech may allow fringe users to have a larger voice.
As noted at The Washington Examiner, Parler may currently be a platform for some far-right voices. For one user, “Upon signing up to the website, Parler recommended trends that were popular ‘right now’ included #trumptweetsmatter, #kukluxklan, #georgesoros and #covidiots.”
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