Why Conservatives Are Joining The New Social Media Site, Parler
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
Many conservatives are turning to the new social media platform Parler to voice their opinions after censorship frustrations from platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
“It’s mostly conservatives [using Parler],” said Parler CEO John Matze. “However, we have seen a large influx of younger very left-leaning individuals, a lot of [Black Lives Matter] people who have actually come to argue with the conservatives who are joining.”
Matze added, “I’m just happy that we are growing and getting a lot of users on. It’s really nice to actually see the community coming together like this.”
Parler’s website claims to an “unbiased” social media platform.
Parler’s main page reads, “Parler is an unbiased social media focused on real user experiences and engagement.”
The site continues, “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.”
Recently, Parler self-reported 1.5 million users.
For those who might be unfamiliar with how Parler works, CNET reported Parler’s features:
The social network has a similar feel to Twitter. You follow accounts, and content appears in a chronological News Feed. Users can post up to 1,000 characters, which is more than Twitter’s 280-character limit, and can upload photos, GIFs and memes.
You can also comment on a post and search for hashtags. There’s a feature called “echo,” with a megaphone icon, that functions like the Twitter retweet button, and there’s an upvote icon for a feature that resembles “liking” a post on other social media platforms. As with other social networks, you have to be at least 13 years old to sign up for an account.
Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul joined Parler in support of its mission to highlight “unbiased” content.
Likewise, President Donald Trump’s many supporters appear to be leaving Twitter in favor of Parler.
Forbes reported, “Now, following complaints by right-leaning users that Twitter was censoring conservatives tweets and antagonizing President Trump, Parler stepped in to offer an alternative.”
Forbes continued, “While progressive Parler users continue to claim they are now experiencing similar censorship, Parler has yet to issue an official statement confirming or denying those claims.”
In that light, it’s interesting to note that author Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a former advisor to President Trump, encourages Trump supporters, Evangelical Christians and conservatives not to abandon Twitter to the radical left but to stay on Twitter and fight for conservative values and support the President.
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