There ‘hook’ would be no censorship for rightwingnuts….
THAT has led to the site becoming a heaven for some conservatives to flock to….
Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump’s high-profile Fox News allies are flocking to Parler, the purported unbiased alternative to Twitter — and the MAGA internet isn’t crazy about it.
Over the past few weeks, spurred by Twitter’s attempts to moderate Trump’s tweets, Reddit’s decision to ban a massive pro-Trump subreddit, and the bans coming down on figures like meme creator Logan “Carpe Donktum” Cook, several high-profile conservatives and Trump allies have created accounts on Parler, assured that they can basically say whatever they would like without being booted off the platform. Even better, they were joining a large community of MAGA influencers who have been on Parler since its launch in December 2018, from the mainstream — Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens, for instance — to the fringe figures who’d been banned from Twitter, such as Jacob Wohl, Laura Loomer and Milo Yiannopoulos.
But to these early adopters — many of whom still have their social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, with massive followings on each — the sudden presence of GOP figures has caused concern that the social media platform may just become a right-wing version of the “safe space” culture they widely mock, with plenty of MAGA stars but few big names from across the ideological spectrum.
The MAGAfication problem is so bad that CEO and founder John Matze has openly begged progressive pundits to join the platform, offering a “progressive bounty” of $20,000 to any left-wing influencer with a following of 50,000 or more users on Twitter who makes an account. And with even establishment conservatives like Sens. Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney eschewing Parler for now, Trump supporters worry that Parler’s influencers will be preaching to a MAGA choir forever.
“The question is not pure engagement. The question is influence,” said Will Chamberlain, editor-in-chief of the populist magazine Human Events. “Twitter is interesting because there’s so many people, prominent people, that can be influenced. Parler is not that.”
Regardless, Parler is rapidly growing: In the past week alone, Parler’s user base has grown from 1 million to 1.5 million users, according to a CNBC interviewwith Matze. And given the number of conservative influencers on the site — as well as a robust presence of conservative outlets, which don’t have to worry about social media companies shutting off their traffic spigots — there is potential for the site to grow a decently sized conservative audience.
Adopters have found benefits to the Twitter alternative: It isn’t lousy with white nationalists, like the niche social media site Gab; it has a better user interface than the encrypted messaging service Telegraph; and its commitment to making both sides equally heard is heaven to the ears of people constantly worried that Big Tech, their so-called liberal nemesis, is about to deplatform them….