If you’re a conservative on Facebook you’ve recently seen the exponential growth of people asking you to join them on Parler (Kamioner007). The perceived conservative app has been at pains to keep up with the growth and has updated at least twice in the past two weeks to stay abreast of their massive expansion. While there are technical glitches still to be worked out, Parler has the potential to beat Big Tech at their own game.
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) November 11, 2020
Though understand, Parler is less of a substitute for Facebook and more of a substitute for Twitter. For while both sites are PC leftist, Twitter is far and away the worst offender, suspending and blocking news and people to advance an authoritarian socialist narrative. The head honcho at Parler offers details.
FNC: “Parler CEO John Matze told Tucker Carlson on Tuesday that the social media app has seen a ‘massive explosion in growth’ this year as more people reject prominent Silicon Valley rivals ‘where moderation seems to be the norm.’ Parler became the No. 1 most-downloaded app on Apple’s App Store during the week of Election Day and No. 2 on Google Play, as Republican frustration with dominant social media platforms continues to escalate. Parler’s membership, while significantly smaller than Twitter’s, is expanding at a swift pace as prominent Republican users join the platform.”
“We are seeing a massive explosion in growth because people trust that Parler is going to do the right thing,” Matze told Carlson.
“So, as opposed to these other companies where moderation seems to be the norm, on Parler we have a community jury. This is where the people decide what is allowed and what’s not allowed. You are judged by your peers just like our government allows for people. You are innocent before proven guilty, unlike these other platforms that are colluding to, I guess, find things to find you guilty for…We just want to sit back and say ‘social media was supposed to be about the people. It was supposed to be about people having a free voice, being able to be, you know, liberated from restrictions,’ And so that’s what we are here to offer is a community town square for people to have discussions.”
Carlson asked the Parler CEO about comparisons with Twitter, “You mention that Parler was a little bit smaller than Twitter but you know we do have people that have comparable if not larger followings on Parler than they do on Twitter and they are seeing far more engagement…There’s a mutual algorithm here you get what you sign up for. That’s it. You get what you expect. That’s why we are seeing such great engagement because it’s not being curated like publishers would do is unlike they are on these other platforms.”
And on his own standards of free speech? “Well, when you go out in public people say crazy things all the time,” Matze responded. “Everybody has opinions and some of them might not be the norm, right? It’s not against the law to have those opinions. It’s not against the law to express yourself, you know. And if you like one political candidate or another or you believe or don’t believe in climate change or whatever it might be, you know, you shouldn’t be taken offline because of it.”
This piece was written by David Kamioner on November 19, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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