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Last week, Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Many others followed suit. Parler, founded in Augusttouts itself as an "unbiased" social media platform focused on "real user experiences and engagement. But as with every other platform on the internet, Parler's free speech stance goes only so far. The platform has been banning many people who ed and trolled conservatives. Writer and comedian Tony Posnanski also received a ban from the app. I literally said less than here and I got banned," he tweeted. People don't want to be told what to say anymore.
The move to Parler by conservatives comes as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms remain under pressure from Republicans over how they decide to remove content posted by users. Conservatives for years have claimed that they are unfairly silenced on the platforms, although many Republican politicians and pundits enjoy large audiences on them.
The pressure has increased in Free conservative chat rooms weeks since Twitter labeled multiple tweets from President Donald Trump as misleading and Snap, the owner of Snapchat, announced that it will stop promoting Trump's content. Facebook, which did not take similar action, has faced both a major advertiser boycott over how it handles hate speech and unrest from employees over how it handled Trump's statements.
Republicans have countered by pushing legislation to curtail the tech industry's legal protections, coupled with an executive order from Trump.
Parler is not the first alternative platform to try to capitalize on displeasure with the major platforms. Its user experience is similar to that of Twitter and other microblogging websites. Users can make posts on the platform and receive likes, comments and shares.
Some people who ed the platform described it as a conservative version of Twitter. Rees Paz, who calls himself a left-leaning centrist in his Twitter bio, tweeted that all of the users recommended for him on the app were conservative figuresfrom Trump's son Eric to Laura Loomer, a conservative activist who was ly banned from Twitter.
Mindy Robinson, a conservative political commentator, criticized Cruz for endorsing the app. I knew something was seriously wrong with Parler," Robinson wrote. She then clarified that she was not able to send a direct message on the app without providing a photo of her driver's. Another user wrote : "I ed up prior to it requiring a phone. It hasn't asked me to provide it yet.
The moment it does I'm out. In his CNBC interview, Matze defended Parler's policy on phone s and identification, saying people say "nasty things" online because they can stay anonymous. People know they're acting and behaving as they would in a town square," he said. IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. Politics Covid U. News World Opinion Business. Share this —. Follow NBC News.
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Conservatives are flocking to a new 'free speech' social media app that has started banning liberal users