Parler, a New Social Network For Conservatives Unhappy With Twitter And Facebook | WABNEWS

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – When Twitter began blocking President Donald Trump’s posts claiming that there was massive electoral fraud, some celebrated. Others began to consider leaving social networks, but finally found a new option in Parler. Tired of what they see as a growing bias against conservatives on the part of the administrators of the major social media platforms, many Trump supporters are telling their followers on Twitter and Facebook: “follow me on Parler.” This application, whose name comes from the term “speak” in French, is very similar to Twitter, with users posting messages and following topics that they can search for keywords. Launched in 2018 in Nevada, Parler welcomed users to “an impartial social network, with freedom of expression and focused on protecting the rights of users.” Over the past year, numerous conservative celebrities have moved to Parler, a trend that has accelerated since the Nov.3 election. As Twitter and Facebook tried to control misinformation about the election, more than four million accounts were launched in this application within days, the company reported. The US elections put the moderation of Facebook and Twitter content under scrutiny Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects platforms that use third-party content from being sued for opinions or information published by the users. But some Republicans believe that it allows companies to censor the views of conservatives. The heads of social media platforms warn of the danger of removing protections. Parler users include Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, and Fox News commentator Sean Hannity. Posts in Parler are called “parlays.” One on Thursday, under the hashtag #stopthesteal (stop the theft, in Spanish), noted that “surprisingly, the pro-Marxist Pope Francis congratulated the corrupt Joe.” “Parlaying is having a discussion trying to connect the differences,” said Amy Peikoff, Parler Policy Director. “Coming to an understanding between two different points of view, this is the kind of discussion we want to have at Parler.” Previous alternatives to Facebook and Twitter have sprung up in the US claiming to be the true bastions of free speech. Gab, who became a haven for neo-Nazis, was pulled from the Apple and Google app stores because he did not remove hate speech. By blocking messages, is Twitter protecting elections or interfering? Twitter decided to prevent its users from sharing the link to a story in The New York Post about Joe Biden’s son, whose veracity has been questioned. But Parler’s popularity, and from other right-wing sites like MeWe and Rumble, comes amid growing pressure on social media companies to do more to monitor their platforms. more, particularly acting in the face of misinformation about voting and electoral results. Twitter, Facebook and to a lesser extent Google, the company that owns YouTube, have placed tags on tweets, publications and videos that claim there was electoral fraud. In some cases, they prevented content from being shared or disseminated. Many of the conversations in Parler echo President Trump’s unsubstantiated assertions that the Nov. 3 election was stolen by Democrats through massive fraud. Last week, Facebook deleted the account of a group called Stop The Steal that had added more than 300,000 users in 24 hours. Facebook said it detained the group because it was trying to incite violence. “The group was organized around the delegitimization of the electoral process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group,” a Facebook spokesperson told The New York Times. Parler users have also crossed that line on occasion. An Arkansas police chief used Parler to urge violence against Democrats who he claimed were preventing Trump’s reelection. When the posts made the news, his public account was deleted and the police chief was forced to resign. YouTube Joins Facebook and Twitter and Takes Action Against Conspiracy Theory Group QAnon Youtube joined Twitter and Facebook in blocking the way to conspiracy theorizing organization QAnon. Experts wonder if it is not too late, as they say that for years social media platforms gave the organization an international audience. While Parler’s algorithm doesn’t promote posts to keep users interested, the company says its commitment to free speech is serious and therefore doesn’t block extremist content. “Just because we don’t block content from various extremists doesn’t mean our goal is to promote all of those views,” Peikoff said. “What we are planning is to give him the wisest release possible so that people can have a full discussion.” For years, major social media companies have come under fire for their fine-tuned algorithms designed to increase the time users spend on the site. That has led to some users receiving torrents of increasingly extreme content on their accounts, according to Michael Karanicolas, a researcher at Yale School of Law. The rise of Parler, he said, “potentially suggests that if platforms try to steer people past those echo chambers and steer them away from what they want, people will migrate elsewhere.”

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