Parlor App: Conservatives find homes on social media platforms that provide misinformation.


Others who have been active on alternative social network parlors in recent weeks include Fox News host Sean Honity, radio personality Mark Levine, far-right activist Laura Lomar, Senator Ted Cruz, and Congressman Devin Nunes. Eric Trump also has an account verified by Peller as is Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

A large number of users have followed these voices on the platform, with complaints over the actions social media platforms have taken against false allegations of electoral misinformation and voter fraud, such as disputed claims with fact-check labels. In particular, Twitter took aggressive action on several of President Trump’s tweets during the election. At one point, the social network implemented warning labels for more than one-third of Trump’s after voting stopped. Some of Trump’s tweets were hidden behind a warning label that enabled users to click before reading what he said.

Parler, founded in 2018 by John Matt and Jared Thomson, describes itself as “fair social media” and a place where people can “talk freely and be ‘deplatformed’ to their ideas Can express themselves openly without fear, ”according to its website and description of the App Store. It looks like a mashup of Twitter and Instagram, with its main feeds, follower counts and ways to share posts and links.

It is also rife with misinformation, including a stream of unfounded allegations of voter fraud, such as false claims that “millions” of votes were either lost or changed from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

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The app has seen a flow of downloads after the US election. Parler secured the number one spot on Apple’s US App Store among free apps for the first time on Sunday – ahead of names including Tickcock and YouTube – according to Appotia which tracks mobile apps. Since last Friday, more than 4.5 million new people signed up for accounts, according to a letter from Parler CEO Matze. CNN Business asked the parlor recently about the influx of conservative voices and whether the platform uses any sort of content moderation, but did not receive a response.

Joan Donovan, an expert on online extremism, said, “Many people are searching for parlors for the first time, but this is misinformation, but also for right-wing news.” And director of research and research at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University.

Singer Joy Villa, an outspoken supporter of President Trump, told his nearly 250,000 Twitter followers that he would follow Peller earlier this week. She said that at first one of her YouTube videos was temporarily removed, and she thinks conservatives are being “maligned” on large social media platforms.

Villa said in an email to CNN Business, “Much of the ban on censorship, censorship and saturated ‘fact-checking’ can be done independently on the President of the United States.” “I like that the parlor is transparent with the people who see my post, and they promote and really support free speech and free thought.”

Facebook, Twitter and other social networks have stepped up efforts to crack down on misinformation, which comes amid resentment among leading conservatives that their voices are being censored asymmetrically.

Twitter (TWTR) And Facebook (American Plan) Declined to comment for this story.

It is not just Parlar who is getting a boost. Right-wing media outlet Newsmax’s app has recently climbed app charts and other social apps such as MeWe and video-sharing platform Rumble are also gaining steam, both promising not to turn off people’s voices.

Oren Segal, vice president at the center of the Anti-Defamation League at the climax, warned that while Parler has become popular with conservatives, it is also attracting extremists. He worries that it may expose non-extremists to a radical view.

“We have seen, time after time, that extremists always seek options for migration if they are finding difficulties on the platforms on which they are installed,” Segal said. “If a lot of people start migrating to a stage to listen to Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannities, but are getting a steady dose of the Proud Boys … that can normalize the fringe in a way that is normal. Won’t be.

(The Proud Boys are a group whose ideology has been dubbed “misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and anti-immigration” by the ADL.

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According to an ADL report released on Thursday, members of the Proud Boys, followers of conspiracy theory QAnon, anti-government extremists and white supremacists all openly proclaim their views on Parler. The ADL stated, “Holocaust denial, antisemitism, racism and other types of fundamentalism are also easy.”
As the ADL reports, both extremists and “mainstream conservatives”, Trump’s supporters are using the “Million Maga March” in Washington DC to organize and recruit events. Meanwhile, a virtual event on Facebook scheduled for Friday is prompting people to join alternative platforms like Parlar. The event banner reads: “LEAVE FACEBOOK. Join another social media outlet that does not censor in the US! #MassExitOffFacebook November 13, 2020.” RSVPs topped 78,000 people at the event, while more than 393,000 Facebook users said they were interested.
But Parler’s staying power is an open question. Over the years, cries of censorship have inspired many choices, such as Gab, 4chan and 8chan. However, no one has yet succeeded in creating a long-standing and strong right-leaning platform. These small players lack the resources of large companies such as Facebook, their infrastructure may succumb to increased traffic pressure and they generally do not have all the features of other social platforms to which users are accustomed.

“When these minor apps become popular, they don’t work,” said Donovan of Harvard. “People try to do some sort of mass migration from some major platforms and they can’t because the user experience is just poor.”

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