Free Speech Platform Parler Becomes #1 Downloaded App in App Store
Free speech microblogging platform Parler became the most downloaded app on Apple’s app store on Monday, indicating the popularity of the Twitter alternative as the latter continues a roving purge of conservatives, nationalists and Trump supporters.
The platform, which was established in 2018, suffered several crashes and service bugs on Monday as its infrastructure was tested by considerably large numbers of new users joining the site, a problem its administrators are pledging to fix.
Parler’s administrators have expressed a First Amendment vision, in which anything “that can be said on the streets” in permitted on the platform. Many political figures banned by Twitter already use the platform regularly.
Conservative commentator Dan Bongino is a partial owner of the platform. He debunked a rumor asserting that the rapidly growing platform had been sold.
Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin urged his listeners to join the platform, announcing that he didn’t plan to stay on globalist Big Tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter much longer after being robustly censored by both of them.
1. Hurry and follow me at Parler. I’m trying to encourage as many of you as possible to immediately join me there as I may not stay at Facebook or Twitter if they continue censoring me. And one day I’ll have left their platforms
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 9, 2020
Most Big Tech alternatives have washed out or failed to broadly catch on, but Parler has a considerable user base, healthy levels of engagement, and a large and growing number of Republican elected officials, pundits, and organizations present on the platform.