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Parler

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Parler is a microblogging and social networking service that gained attention as a platform promoting freedom of speech. Founded in 2018, the app has become a popular alternative to more mainstream social media platforms, appealing particularly to users who seek less moderation in their social media interactions or have concerns about perceived censorship on other platforms.

The User Experience

Parler's interface is similar to that of Twitter. Users can post short messages known as "parleys," equivalent to tweets, that can be up to 1,000 characters long. Users can also share links, photos, and memes, and can follow, upvote, comment on, and share others' posts.

Freedom of Speech and Moderation Policies

Parler markets itself as a bastion of free speech, distancing itself from platforms like Twitter and Facebook that use complex algorithms and have policies to moderate or fact-check content. Parler's approach to moderation has been a draw for users who feel their voices are suppressed or censored elsewhere, although the platform does have community guidelines that prohibit certain types of content, such as illegal activity, spam, and threats of violence.

Controversy and Criticism

Parler has faced criticism and controversy due to its hands-off approach to content moderation. Some critics argue that this laissez-faire approach may allow harmful misinformation, hate speech, and incitement to violence to proliferate unchecked. The platform was removed from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for a time following the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol due to concerns about posts inciting violence, but it has since been reinstated.

The Future of Parler

Despite the controversy, Parler remains an active platform, attracting users who prioritize unfettered speech and those who feel marginalized by mainstream social media platforms. The platform continues to evolve, seeking a balance between fostering open dialogue and addressing concerns about misuse. As social media landscape continues to shift and evolve, Parler's approach to user content will continue to be closely watched.

Parler is a unique entrant in the world of social media, with its emphasis on unmoderated discussion. While its approach has earned both support and criticism, it undeniably offers a different perspective on the relationship between social media platforms and content moderation. As issues of free speech and content control continue to be debated in our digital society, Parler's role in these discussions will be one to monitor.

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Pros

  • Includes different types of posts.
  • Allows you to post whatever you want.
  • Connects you with people around you.

Cons

  • Its free publication politics made the app a place to spread hate.
  • It is no longer available on Google Play or App Store.
  • The platform is not very secure.
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