The social media app Parler has become the new social media for anyone that has been banned from giant companies like Twitter and Facebook including Conservative MPs and celebrities who are pro-Trump.
The platform was launched in August 2018, marketing itself as a non-biased free speech-driven entity to replace Twitter.
Parler has welcomed far-right public figures who have been removed from other social media platforms.
In May 2019, founder John Matze said the site had approximately 100,000 users in total while Twitter had approximately 326 million users at the time.
Parler advises users not to “use language/visuals which is sexual in nature” and not to “use language/visuals that are offensive and offer no literary, artistic, political, or scientific value”
Users on Parler include Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump, far-right activist Laura Loomer, Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale, and far-right activist Candace Owens.
Many users are also vocal supporters of Mr Trump, and have developed far-right communities on the platform.
Upon signing up to the website, Parler recommended trends that were popular “right now” included #trumptweetsmatter, #kukluxklan, #georgesoros and #covidiots.
There were also a number of tweets related to Christianity, with hashtags including #2NDCOMING and #godislove
In May 2019, CBS News reported that Parler would not suspend accounts, no matter what was posted.
“This is our victory as a community for free speech over the tech tyrants. This is a symbol that we want a Town Square for free discussion. We the people do not want to be told what to think, we do not want to be manipulated, and we want our data to be private. We reject technofascism and those who think they are the sole arbiters of truth. We reject their biased editorial panels, we reject their “fact checkers” and we reject censorship. #SpeakFree.” – CEO and creator of Parler, John Matze said.
Parler is available on the web, as well as on the App Store for Apple users and the Google Play Store for Android users.