A Twitter Alternative Has Arrived

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By Emma Colton June 26, 2020 | Image Source: Washington Examiner

Conservative commentators, politicians, and others are shifting to a social media platform that competes with Twitter.

A slew of Twitter users looking for a social media platform they believe won’t censor them, including Rep. Devin Nunes, commentator Jesse Kelly, former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, and others, announced they have established accounts on Parler.

Nunes told the Federalist’s co-founder Sean Davis that “Parler will set you free!”

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“Just got @parler_app. I’m assuming none of us are long for this site. Find me @JesseKellyDC. I’m amazing,” Kelly, a conservative pundit, announced.

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“10 years on Twitter. I’m done. Disgusted with the censorship on this platform,” Benny Johnson, chief creative officer of Turning Point USA, said Wednesday. “Twitter is now so aggressively ANTI Free Speech, it’s not fun anymore. Just got on @parler_app. It’s refreshing, not like this communist gulag dumpster fire.”

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Others announced they also have Parler accounts.

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Parler was founded in 2018 and has become a platform favored by supporters of President Trump.

“Parler is an unbiased social media focused on real user experiences and engagement. 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,” the platform’s description reads.

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Conservative commentator Dan Bongino announced a partnership with Parler earlier this month, taking an ownership stake in the company.

“I’ve decided it’s time to fight back against the Tech Tyrants. I’m beyond fed up with the censorship and bias of Twitter and Facebook and I’m not going to stand back and watch as they target us. As a result, I’ve taken an ownership stake in Parler, the hottest social media alternative in the market right now,” Bongino said.

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Twitter has about 330 million monthly active users. Parler claims to have more than 1 million users.

All this is happening as Twitter is increasingly cracking down on tweets from Trump, including a “manipulated media” warning placed on a video he shared last week.

Twitter put a “public interest” notice on Trump’s tweet on Tuesday that said, “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!”

Twitter said the missive violated its policy “against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.”

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In late May, Twitter applied a fact-checking label for the first time to one of the president’s tweets after he commented on mail-in voting.

“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people,” Trump claimed on Twitter.

The Independent’s Adam Smith noted that Parler appears to have become a home for some far-right communities. “Upon signing up to the website, Parler recommended trends that were popular ‘right now’ included #trumptweetsmatter, #kukluxklan, #georgesoros and #covidiots,” he wrote.

Author: Emma Colton

Source: Washington Examiner: Conservatives fed up with ‘censorship’ on Twitter jump to Parler