In the wake of a nasty dust-up between President Donald Trump and Twitter — a left-leaning social network run by people who are obviously not fans of the president or his millions of followers — social network Parler.com has skyrocketed to the top of the charts in mobile app stores.
Parler, which was launched in 2018 by free-speech advocate and current CEO John Matze and Jared Thomson, hadn’t received much fanfare until the past month or so when big conservative personalities, including Fox News regular Dan Bongino along with several conservative politicians — presumably all fed up with Twitter’s censorship — began migrating over to the relatively small platform.
Now the platform reportedly has over 1 million users — and is climbing fast. Like, really fast.
Word about Parler’s meteoric rise spread fast amongst the millions of conservative Twitter users who often had to think twice about what they posted on the overly-censored network — especially those with large followings — as shadowbans and outright bans became the norm there.
I registered my free account with Parler less than 48 hours ago and I’ll be honest — I have yet to scoop my jaw back up from the floor after witnessing how many major conservative personalities and politicians are actively posting on the network. From Mark Levin to Donald Trump Jr., Parler is attracting new heavy-hitters literally by the hour.
I knew it was becoming quite popular, but I had no idea it was blowing up so rapidly.
Sen. Ted Cruz is one of the latest political heavyweights to join the growing network, even boasting about it in a video posted to Twitter.
THIS 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/y3QdsHigEp
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 25, 2020
“This platform gets what free speech is all about, and I’m excited to be a part of it,” Cruz told his large following.
Yesterday, Matze announced that Parler hit the top of the Apple news app charts with a resounding vow that the days of “technofascim” are over.
“This is our victory as a community for free speech over the tech tyrants. This is a symbol that we want a Town Square for free discussion. We the people do not want to be told what to think, we do not want to be manipulated, and we want our data to be private. We reject technofascism and those who think they are the sole arbiters of truth. We reject their biased editorial panels, we reject their “fact checkers” and we reject censorship,” Matze wrote.
With the 2020 presidential election right around the proverbial corner — as someone who has managed large social media pages and news sites during the lead-up to the 2016 election — I can tell you without hesitation that Parler’s rise in popularity is nothing less than laser-perfect timing.
As Twitter and other social networks work around the clock to elevate the suppression of the president and his supporters, Parler is the online safe-haven that conservative social media connoisseurs needed more than ever.
You can follow me on Parler here. Hope to see you around!