Everything you need to know about Parler, the social media app conservatives are flocking to and that’s currently number 1 on the App Store


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Conservative pundits and influencers are getting their followers to join a new app, Parler. 

Parler shot up to number 1 on Apple’s app store on Sunday, the day after major media outlets projected Joe Biden would win the 2020 presidential race. Parler was downloaded nearly 1 million times within five days of Election Day, November 3.

Twitter has labeled many of Trump’s tweets after the election as “misleading” for stating false claims about the election process. 

Parler, on the other hand, brands itself as a “free speech” social media platform, per its description on the App Store. The app’s emphasis on free speech means posts that spread untrue claims do not get labeled for misinformation. CEO John Matze told Forbes there are “no fact checkers” on the app

I’m proud to join @parler_app — a 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. Follow me there @tedcruz!

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 25, 2020


Misinformation on the app may have already started to have real world impacts. “Stop the Steal,” a group that falsely claims Democrats “stole” the presidential election for Joe Biden, may have mobilized anti-vote protesters on Parler. Business Insider’s Paige Leskin found the #StoptheSteal hashtag had more than 15,000 “parleys,” or mentions, on the platform over the weekend. Stop the Steal protesters gathered around vote-counting centers in Georgia, Nevada, and Michigan demanding workers stop tallying ballots.

Here’s a breakdown of what Parler is, how the app functions, and who controls the site.

Parler did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s for comment.

What is Parler?

Parler describes itself as a “non-biased, free speech social media focused on protecting user’s rights.” Users can discover news related to politics, sports, and entertainment. Users can comment on and upvote posts, called “parleys.”  

The privacy policy states Parler makes “no guarantees as to the security or privacy of [users’] information.”

Parler’s privacy policy states the company collects:

All information shared on the site, including photos, videos, and comments
IP addresses and other location information
A user’s searches, viewed posts, and the number of times they visited

That user information is shared with vendors, service providers, and analytics partners, according to the policy. 

Users who violate the company’s Community Guidelines can be removed from the app. Posts that promote crime or unlawful acts, spam, copyright violations, content from terrorist organization, and otherwise interfere with Parler’s “welcoming, nonpartisan Public Square” can be removed. 

Who owns Parler?

Matze, the CEO, and CTO Jared Thompson created the app in 2018, the two told Forbes.

Matze graduated from the University of Denver in 2014 and worked as a software engineer for Amazon Web Services before creating the app, per his LinkedIn. Thompson wrote on LinkedIn he graduated from the University of Denver in 2015 with both a bachelor degree and a master’s degree. 

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Source:: Business Insider


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