After the election, a slew of extreme left-leaning censorship occurred.
One application that got caught in the crosshairs of this censorship was Parler.
Parler is a “Twitter-Alternative” that prides itself on the ability not to censor users.
The need for Parler came after many influential conservative users were blocked, banned or shadow-banned from the website.
Shadow-banned might as well be banned as it prevents any user from gathering engagement.
Being shadow-banned could be a deathblow to users’ followers as they will no longer be able to access their followings engagement.
The saying used to go, “if you don’t like Twitter, make your own.”
Well, that’s precisely what happened.
In August of 2018, Parler was first created, and it garnered around 20 million users during its span.
Many of the users were conservative-leaning folks who were frankly tired of Big Tech’s overreach.
On January 6, Parler was banned in several ways.
Apple and Amazon servers decided to ban the app citing the riots on January 6 at the United States Capitol.
That pushed the site entirely offline until they could find another hosting service that would host the app.
Parler just recently fired John Matze, the CEO of Parler.
The move to fire their CEO came as a change for Parler, saying they wanted to “Parler’s Executive Committee is conducting a thorough search for a permanent CEO to lead Parler as it continues to grow and expand its reach and impact.”
Amy Peikoff said that after Parler’s astronomical success, they were “clearly being singled out.”
“I believe we were treated unfairly,” she went on to say.
Parler’s interim CEO, Mark Meckler, made several statements on Monday which said, “Parler was built to offer a social media platform that protects free speech and values privacy and civil discourse.”
“When Parler was taken offline in January by those who desire to silence tens of millions of Americans, our team came together, determined to keep our promise to our highly engaged community that we would return stronger than ever,” he said.
“We’re thrilled to welcome everyone back,” Meckler announced to the public.
That’s right, Parler is back online.
Parler’s most recent CEO claims that they are going nowhere.
“Parler is being run by an experienced team and is here to stay,” Meckler reassured his audience.
“We will thrive as the premier social media platform dedicated to free speech, privacy, and civil dialogue,” Meckler said.
This is a huge win for free speech and big tech takedown for many conservatives and advocates for free speech online.
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