It’s no secret that Twitter isn’t exactly the most friendly social media platform for conservatives who support President Donald Trump.
Twitter has a vicious cycle of randomly suspending the accounts of outspoken conservatives such as Candace Owen, ALX, Katie Hopkins, Laura Loomer, and most recently conservative meme creator Carpe Donktum.
This past week saw a rush of users migrating over to the social media platform, Parler, which offers a breath of fresh air for conservatives and libertarians alike.
500,000 users flocked to Parler’s social media platform to sign up after Twitter yet again shut down, restricted, or banned more accounts from conservatives this week.
Amongst those who have made the switch from Twitter to Parler are Senator Ted Cruz, Representative Matt Gaetz from Florida, and Eric Trump.
The current spike in users on the app brings the total number of users on the app up to 1.5 million, according to Mediaite. This is an increase of roughly 50%.
While a fair number of conservatives use Parler, many Saudi Arabians have been drawn to the app as well.
In May 2019, Co-Founder and CEO John Matze stated that the app had over 100,000 users. In June, 200,000 Saudi Arabian’s shifted over to Parler to protest censorship from Twitter.
Parler, which was founded in 2018 by John Matze and Jared Thomson, prides itself on being a “free-speech” alternative to Twitter. While they won’t censor political speech, they do on the other hand prohibit pornography.
The design of the Parler app is fairly similar to that of Twitter’s. Instead of sending ‘tweets’ you have “Parleys,” and instead of “retweets” you have “echos,” and instead of “likes” you have “upvotes.”
Given last week’s surge to Parler, it seems that should Twitter continues its current trend of banning outspoken conservatives and supporters of President Trump, they will likely see a massive migration over to Parler.
While Parler is still in the “baby stages” of the app, Matze and Thomson have made an app that Twitter should have strived to be in the first place.
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