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A social media application touted as the free speech alternative to Twitter shot up to the top of Apple’s downloading charts after numerous incidents of censorship over the election.

Parler officially launched in 2018 and has gained millions of followers since, some of which were banned from Twitter or abandoned the platform over their attempts to censor speech.

KUSI-TV said that the alternative platform was the No. 1 downloaded application on Apple the weekend after the election.

Parler, which is based in Henderson, Nevada, made similar headlines in June when prominent conservatives pushed a campaign to abandon Twitter in favor of the alternative platform.

Many supporters and allies of President Donald Trump excoriated Twitter after the election when the president claimed that he had won the election with large margins, and Twitter slapped his tweets with a warning that his claims were misleading.

The president had said in May that he would consider steps to shut down Twitter over its censorship.

“I think this, if Twitter were not honorable, if you’re gonna have a guy like this be your judge and jury, I think you shut it down as far as I’m concerned,” Trump said at the time, “but I’d have to go through a legal process to do that.

Parler CEO John Matze told KUSI that before the election his platform had risen to more than 4.5 million users. He added that during the election his platform was growing by as much as 50 new users a second.

“It was really kinda going a little crazy,” he said.

While some praised Parler for its closer adherence to a free speech policy, some worried that it might help spread false news.

“I think times have changed now considering how fast information gets spread on the internet. I think censorship is important to keep people safe,” said licensed counselor Angela Pham to WLS-TV.

“The conspiracy theories that are happening right now seem to be more dangerous than ever before,” she added.

Here’s more about the Twitter censorship:

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Diane November 12, 2020
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Tried to download to Facebook, wasn't allowed, said it was dangerous!
mike dar November 12, 2020
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There is one person causing this at twitter, that is the owner. He is a billionaire several times over... he is not really hurt if 90% of people leave twitter(which won't happen).. he has more money than he can ever spend and simply... doesn't care what anyone on twitter or any social system or Congress thinks or believes. The only, ONLY difference that can be made to the one person in total control of Twitter is if he loses control of Twitter.. and is personally relegated to just being a billionaire, not a influence with his creation. Can that happen when he donates so much to politicians I don't know... but separating his ideology by separating him from the platform is the only answer.
Wethepeople November 12, 2020
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Censoring bad words or x-rated content where young kids can view it is one thing. Telling us what we can read with this stupid "fact checker" is communism. They aren't censoring lies, they're trying to brain wash us. Take your censorship back to communist Russia or China or some other communist nation. In America we're into free speech and we have the brains to decide what we read, watch or listen to. Stop treating adults like children under the age of 5. We can reason out for ourselves what we believe. TRUMP WON 2020!!!
Fred November 12, 2020
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Could those expressing concern that Parler's closer adherence to a free speech policy might help spread false news also be fans of CNN and MSNBC, two of the top propaganda and opinion sources in the country? I suspect so.
ERIC November 12, 2020
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Parler is a fucking pain in the sack to use though! You have to enter a code sent to your phone every single time you login, & the fucking site logs you out for no reason multiple times an hour! That is fucking bullshit! & i couldn't upload any pics of anything to the site, not in comments nor to my own fucking page! I abandoned my account on this retard site & just use Spreely! That site has issues too, but nothing like Parler has!
rcb November 12, 2020
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BuBye twitter....never had an account, never will....
Angel November 12, 2020
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It is part of their strategy.... It'll be humiliating Joe. But then, you don't have those kind of values - whatever it takes, right?
Steve Fye November 12, 2020
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An idiot said, "I think censorship is important to keep people safe" I think we should kill all Marxists in this country to keep people safe. My comment is just as nutty.
Crystal November 12, 2020
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I just went to YouTube and tried to watch Dan Bongino, Dr. Turley, and Open Source, and they have now blocked them...Welcome to the USSA! Time to cancel You Tube! If they get away with this, that's the end of the only country where there is true freedom!
kodster November 12, 2020
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John Matee is the Chief Executive Officer, or CEO, of Parler. He's not the owner. Dan Bongino is the owner! Support Dan by using Parler!
Sheepdog Smokey November 12, 2020
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1 - Twitter won't get the message until weeks after they're out of business, and maybe not even then. Remember the "learn to code, hicks" idiots when they gleefully wrote about oil/gas jobs being cut, only to cry about "racism" or "sexism" when they were fired for lying and people said "learn to code?" 2 - Parler all but crashed too, it was that busy. 3 - I honestly see the Dems "investigating the Russian agents running Parler and Gab, working to destabilize the country."
AK Johnny 1 November 12, 2020
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Good! Twitter can join the has-been censorship trash heap and take facebook with them. Both can join Fox news in the annals of obsolescence. Couldn't happen to a scummier batch of communists.
LST November 12, 2020
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I have an account on Farcebook I use very little, that's all of the stupid social media I want.
Larry November 12, 2020
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Maybe Twitter will get the message... now let's work on Google....teach them a lesson....if our government won't....
billindallas November 12, 2020
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I moved to Parler recently. Never had a Twitter account, didn't need one.
PAULETTE November 11, 2020
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I WANT TO GO ON PARLER BUT I HAVE A DINOSUAR PHONE AND DONT THINK I CAN DO IT ON MY PC
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