Parler is now the most downloaded app in AppStore and Google, surpassing Twitter and Tik-Tok
Back in May, we recommended Parler as the best alternative to Twitter for those who want to fight big tech censorship and social media freedom. Parler (from the French word for “to speak”) was founded by CEO John Matze in 2018. The social platform is regarded as one of the best alternatives to Twitter.
Unlike Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms owned by the Big Tech, Parler describes its platform as an unbiased, free-speech social media platform focused on protecting users’ rights. In accordance with its free speech policy, Parler adopts a laissez-faire approach to offensive speech, citing the FCC’s definition of obscenity to define the threshold for acceptable conduct.
Fast forward five months later, Parler is now the top downloaded app, surpassing Twitter and Tik-Tok. Parler tops Apple and Google download charts this week after Joe Biden was crowned by the mainstream media as the winner of the November 3 election.
As of writing, Parler is top of Apple’s free download chart and the Google Play Store, according to data from analytics firm SensorTower, which indicated the app had attracted around 200,000 downloads last month, collectively on both stores.
Dubbed as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter, the Parler app has pitched itself as a “free speech” social network and is populated by Republican politicians and a variety of right wing personalities who have been exiled from mainstream services.
According to the message on its website, Parler describes itself as: “an unbiased social media focused on real user experiences and engagement. Our content is moderated based off the FCC and the Supreme court of the United States which enables free expression without violence and a lack of censorship. Parler never shares your personal data.”
Late yesterday, Dan Bongino, an influencer conservative and a former secret service agent, said: “ESCAPE the Twitter overlords and join the fight for social media freedom. Join us on Parler today.”
Another Twitter user posted,
“Due to Twitter’s #censorship, we’re all moving over to #Parler,” said a user on Twitter. “Good morning Patriots. I highly recommend we start migrating to other social media platforms. I am already seeing Breitbart, Dan Bongino and some Trump family members there [Parler].”
Much like Twitter, Parler allows users to share and express views in up to 1,000 characters (unlike the 280 characters on Twitter). Users on the platform can ‘parley’ through ‘Echo,’ ‘Share,’ ‘Vote’ and, ‘Comment’ similar to Twitter’s ‘Retweet’, ‘Comment,’ and ‘Like’ features. Users also have the option to send private messages to other users on the platform. Parley still has a long way to go and in no way poses any threat to Twitter.