Parler might not be a social media app that everyone is familiar with but it has quickly become a popular alternative for those who have been banned from Twitter, mostly members of the Americanright-wing.
The app which prides itself on free speech has recently been suspended by Google with Apple threatening to follow suit after it failed to stop the spread of incitements of violence following the riots seen in Washington DC on Wednesday by Trump supporters.
NBC News reports that users on the app have been vowing to return to Washington for Joe Biden’s inauguration on 20th January to create more chaos and violence.
Parler was launched in 2018 but has quickly become a haven for outspoken Trump supporters who have either been banned on more popular social media apps or completely margninalised. There are said to be around 4 million active users on the app which has been used to spread conspiracy theories and bigotry and reportedly saw a surge in registration after the US election. Left-leaning users have also reported that they have been banned for expressing different opinions.
Needless to say its not an app for everyone but if you are interested there is a Twitter account for you. @Parlertakes has been documented some of the more notable figures on the app and there is some pretty alarming stuff on there to say the least.
For a starter here is a character called ‘Sgt BBQ’ who believes that when Biden gets into the White House there are ‘no laws.’
This is what SGT BBQ believes. https://t.co/1bXqr4lHG6
Worryingly, a figure called E, which is apparently the new Q character at the centre of the QAnon conspiracy theory, is on Parler but already appears to be growing weary of it thanks to technical issues.
Oh great. E (the new Q) is also starting up on Gab (another “free speech” app). https://t.co/JPx2xMtPBy
That’s just a small sample of what is going on in the Parler app at the moment. Whether it will continue to be as prominent platform for the right remains to be seen but with Trump being banned from Twitter and tech firms circling on its failure to control its members, it could end up being its last destination or just another echo chamber.