Parler, a social media platform known for free speech, is gaining significant names amid concerns with Twitter’s censorship.
Thursday, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced he is making the move to Parler. “[They] flagrantly silencing those with whom they disagree, from conservative media organizations to the president of the United States — and millions of Americans in between,” Cruz on the Big Tech industry.
“That’s why I’m proud to join Parler,” Cruz adds. “This platform gets what free speech is all about, and I’m excited to be a part of it. Let’s speak. Let’s speak freely. And let’s end the Silicon Valley censorship.”
Parler has traction among conservative voices. Recent additions include Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Brad Parscale, Devin Nunes, Rand Paul, Sean Davis, Dan Bongino, Mark Levin, and Candace Owens.
Parler describes itself as “unbiased social media focused on real user experiences and engagement.”
While not all Parler users are leaving Twitter in the process, Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson left no doubt he is:
10 years on Twitter.
Disgusted with the censorship on this platform.
Twitter is now so aggressively ANTI Free Speech, it’s not fun anymore.
Just got on @parler_app.
It’s refreshing, not like this communist gulag dumpster fire.
I’m @BennyJohnson on Parler.
Go there for?
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 24, 2020
Well-known personalities who have been banned from Twitter and Facebook, such as Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopolous, have also joined Parler.
I can’t see Parler ever truly competing with Twitter, but it can be a factor. Aside from censorship, Twitter is extremely left-leaning, toxic, and the unofficial home of cancel culture. It’s also not that fun anymore.
There’s room in the marketplace for alternatives to the Big Tech companies. Particularly, if the focus is on privacy or free-speech, two areas tech giants are often criticized for.
Brave, a privacy-focused browser competing with Google Chrome, just recently received an endorsement from Joe Rogan. The podcast host praised it for “not looking in your underwear.”
Let’s just hope if Parler does take off, it has an edit button.