From the moment the mainstream social media started blocking Trump, as well as some of his supporters, the social medium Parler suddenly became a lot more famous and used. According to Google, last Wednesday even calls for the use of force in the invasion of the US Capitol via Parler.
Parler, which means to talk in French, is a conservative social networking app. Considered a small competitor to Twitter, it has 10 million subscribers and 4 million active users.
Trump has 2.3 million followers on Parler and the medium is popular with many Trump supporters, precisely because users are allowed to publish anything on it. And that suits them well, now that Twitter and Facebook are increasingly banning harmful content and people are eager to have their say. The app, its reach and purpose did not go unnoticed during the storming of the Capitol last week and Parler has since been removed from the app stores of Google and Apple.
Parler appears to be dead, at least for now. The message to some on the right: You don’t like Twitter? Start your own platform. Then we’ll kill it.
– Byron York (@ByronYork) January 11, 2021
Today there is very little talking. “This site cannot be reached,” it reads.
Parler has been shut down pic.twitter.com/xby0zkoHqX
– Dax Gigandet (@DaxGigandet) January 11, 2021
Parler is now also practically removed from the internet by blocking the company’s servers Amazon Web Services from billionaire Jeffrey Bezos. Amazon had warned Parler would be stopped if it did not make efforts to combat violent content. And that effort was too minimal, Amazon thought, and the tech giant took action.
Today’s cover: Apple and Amazon join Google in suspending Parler https://t.co/2V4saL6GJU pic.twitter.com/pgzcNPz8Zf
– New York Post (@nypost) January 11, 2021
Parler is widely used by right-wing supporters of the president, who got about 74 million votes in November, but lost the presidential election to Joe Biden, who got seven million more voters behind him.
The platform was set up in 2018 as an alternative to Twitter, because that medium is guilty of censorship against conservatives in the US. Parler claims to be an independent social medium for the freedom of speech and not to commit censorship.
Partly for this reason, the popularity of Parler has grown enormously recently, partly after the Twitter message service of founder Jack Dorsey removed US President Trump from the platform. Many messages on Parler were about possible new actions against the inauguration of future President Biden, and they were not very cuddly, to say the least.
Good. It’s appropriate that Apple removes Parler.
There are limits to free speech.
One cannot scream FIRE in a crowded theater.
Planning violent insurrections against the government and elected officials certainly qualifies as restricted speech.
– Colby Allerton (@TestColby) January 10, 2021
Today it became known that Parler has archived every deleted post. “Bean comes to his wages”, someone responds laconically.
? consequences for actions. I live.
– Crafty ? ? ☃️ (@CraftyAries) January 11, 2021
There is plenty of talk about Parler on Twitter and many “empty screens” are shared. “Congratulations, you have given up on freedom of speech so easily,” writes an ironic American. The response is put in perspective. “The ultimatum was to remove the violent imagery and that didn’t seem to happen. It is therefore not very surprising that it has been taken off the air. ”
The ultimatum was to clean up the violent rhetoric. Seeing screenshots of the stuff posted there, it’s not surprising that it’s gone.
– Cryssl Dawn (@CrysslDawn) January 11, 2021
Some are very happy that the medium is off the air and express this with digital applause.
Parler is gone!
– Kathleen Fox (@KathleenKatfox) January 11, 2021
Others are more grudging, hoping the same will happen to Amazon itself, “and Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter”. The question is how he could have reported that without Twitter.
Someone should do the same to Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google and Apple.
– Achintya (@AchintyaIIT) January 11, 2021
Me: Parler is down. * snickering *
* ten seconds later *
Me: No! They’ll all come back to Twitter and tell us how they can’t communicate with anyone.
– Beau of The Fifth Column (@BeauTFC) January 11, 2021
And others see the storm again. “Soon they will all be back on Twitter to tell us how they all cannot communicate with us.”
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