“why are there nazis and communists arguing on ‘rate my trashcan dot com,’ i just want to talk about eating garbage with my friends.”
— Starfish Who Just Wants To Grill (@IRHotTakes) June 26, 2020
Parler, per Wikipedia, is a “microblogging and social networking service launched in August 2018, promoted as an alternative to Twitter and particularly marketed to political conservatives in the United States”. (The article cites “Brad Parscale, Senator Mike Lee, and activist Candace Owens” as prominent early supporters, for what that’s worth.)
formerly ‘Buzzfeed Ben’, is a plagiarist currently serving as “chief creative officer at conservative nonprofit Turning Point USA”.
As you may have heard, Professional Conservatives are currently Big Mad at Twitter and FaceBook for those companies’ recent half-hearted attempts to staunch the sludge of hate speech, misinformation, and monetized lies. Lo, Mr. Johnson proclaims a Solution!
— Adrenochrome Harvester (@ClenchedFisk) June 24, 2020
It’s the hot new craze!
— Cristiano Lima (@viaCristiano) June 25, 2020
Considering starting a Parler account.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 25, 2020
Tom Cotton’s aide writes some advertising copy:
— AdotSad (@AdotSad) June 25, 2020
Report from Fast Company:
… I have to admit: The Parler site itself is well-designed and organized. It obviously takes many cues from Twitter in terms of features and layout, but it’s got some of its own bells and whistles, such as the ability to tip other users’ posts with influence points, which you must buy with a credit card. You can also vote up posts and “echo” them by hitting a little megaphone icon…
Of course, if Parler has your credit card info, it can sell your data, just like those other evil apps! And because I am an elderly cynic, when a company offers a chance for its marks to send money to their faves, I immediately wondered about the percentage of outright grifters among its users…