What is Parler, the conservative alternative to Twitter?

This social network provides a ‘microblogging’ service, but with a promise of absolute freedom of expression, contrary to the restriction of Twitter who recently put limit to messages considered as ‘apology for violence’

Talk is based in United States and was launched in August 2018. It was founded by John Matze, a graduate of the University of Denver, who, according to Foxbusiness, established the social network “Exhausted by the lack of transparency in large technologies, ideological suppression and abuse of privacy.”

Matze’s proposal is reflected in Parler’s promises, which guarantees its users a list of advantages:

  • Freedom of speech and expression.
  • Fair algorithms.
  • Never sell or share your users’ data.
  • Be a community of real people with a real message.

This is Parler’s message (curiously on Twitter) where he promises “freedom”:

At what point did Parler take the greatest strength?

According to Retina (From the newspaper El País, from Spain), after Twitter flagged some messages from Donald Trump how drivers of violence, the reaction was “a mass exodus to Parler.”

The Spanish media highlights that the new social network was “far from any type of notoriety until now”, but in just one week, “Its users exceeded a million and a half.”

The post highlights that the people who landed on Parler, after leaving Twitter in anger, They arrived lured by the promise of no censorship. Also, they are from Trump’s political environment or “they are grassroots followers”.

Even Retina highlights that Republican senators like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are on the social network, along with figures such as Eric Trump (son of the president) and his wife Lara.

However, Jon Worth, an expert in technology and politics, told that outlet that the discussions that take place in this “alternative right” space they could stay there, different from what happens on Twitter.

How does Parler operate?

The procedure is simple, as in any social network, but it is striking that the network does not show the messages of its users unless one is registered, as can be done on Twitter or on Facebook.

On its home page, Parler is shown as a “An impartial social platform” which is focused on open dialogue and the participation of its users.

It ensures that it allows freedom of expression and emphasizes that it does not censor ideas, political parties or ideologies.

In accordance with The universalTo join, you must create an account and write down the email and phone number. When this information has been verified, you can access the platform and interact with other users.

Parler’s interface is quite similar to that of Twitter, adds the medium, since you can follow other users, make publications and share articles and videos.

However, the posts are called ‘parleys’ and its extension is up to a thousand characters. Other users can comment on the posts and you can also search for ‘hashtags’.

Whoever has an account on that network can share the ‘parleys’ and indicate if they like any other publication; like on Twitter, private messages can also be exchanged.

Here’s a video explaining Parler’s terms:

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