Voici is the new social network from the creators of Twitter and Facebook. It is a platform that caters to conservatives and has already doubled in popularity, with ten million people signed up in just one week. However, it also provides an outlet for extremists to spew hate speech. It is a test case in a debate about free speech online.
User base has doubled to 10 million people in less than a week
Founder Robert Mercer’s daughter, Rebekah Mercer, has co-founded Parler with fellow billionaire, Michael Matze. The app is popular with right-wing extremists, and its user base has skyrocketed from 500,000 to 10 million in the last week.
The app’s user base is now so big that it has topped Apple’s and Google’s app stores. Its popularity has been attributed to its conservative user base and the fact that it caters to a conservative audience.
The controversy surrounding Parler is a reminder of how tech has a responsibility to moderate content on their platforms. Many conservatives are mad that major social media platforms are failing to do their jobs. Some Republican politicians have even echoed their concerns.
Parler has been targeted by the Anti-Defamation League for its role in creating an environment that could promote radical views. Some researchers have criticized its security. There are no private messages, credit card numbers or email addresses stored on the app.
It caters to conservatives
During the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk about a new conservative social media platform, Parler. This app caters to conservatives, and its features include a variety of conservative voices, and has become a safe haven for those conservatives who have been pushed off of other platforms.
Parler’s popularity has gained the attention of right-wing celebrities such as Candace Owens, who was a Parler early adopter. She has recruited a number of her Twitter followers to join the Parler app.
But Parler’s popularity has also garnered a number of critics. One of the biggest concerns is that it caters to a conservative crowd, and doesn’t fact-check content.
Another problem is that the platform allows for false claims. The site has also been accused of being a haven for violent content. Earlier this year, a Parler user made threats against Vice President Mike Pence. The Secret Service opened an investigation into the incident.
It’s a test case in a renewed debate over free speech on the internet
Despite the fact that the World Wide Web has been around for over a quarter century, the topic of free speech on the internet is still a hot topic. A lot of debate is centered on the most effective way to filter out drab content. As with any topic, there are a number of partisans on both sides of the fence. Moreover, some tech firms have pushed the limits of free speech with their recent moves to ban hateful content.
The first rule of thumb for a test case is that a social media platform is not a government entity. As such, a law or regulation that governs social media would likely be unconstitutional. However, many lawmakers are starting to take notice of online platforms’ failure to police their technologies.
The best exemplar is the European Union’s recent copyright directive, which holds tech companies to a higher standard when it comes to displaying copyrighted content without the proper rights. For instance, neo-Nazis are currently denied service by popular platforms like Facebook.
Extremists spew hate speech on the platform
Despite its name, Parler is a social media platform that is home to right-wing extremists and conspiracy theorists. These groups use the platform to share their hateful views and promote pro-Trump events. It has become one of the most popular mobile apps in the United States.
While other platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have banned conservative and extremist content, Parler is known to be lax in its policing. In fact, the Anti-Defamation League has warned about the risks of using the platform. It is also criticized for harboring false information.
Parler is owned by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah. It is also backed by conservative celebrities and politicians. The website has a following of around 10 million people, according to the company.
Parler is currently the 11th most popular app in Apple’s App Store. The service was temporarily suspended from Apple’s online stores last month, but was reinstated in September. But the app’s owner has made no public comment about the controversy.