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Parler, Gab, MeWe: Why Some Conservatives Are Shifting From Facebook To Alternative Social Media Platforms




This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone in Arlington, Virginia on July 2, 2020.
This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone in Arlington, Virginia on July 2, 2020.
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An alternative social media platform known as Parler topped the free app charts in the days after President Donald Trump’s loss of the presidency to former VP Joe Biden. The Twitter-like site, which was created a couple years ago, has attracted conservative users who have been critical of platforms like Facebook and Twitter, which are trying to reign in misinformation. 

After Facebook began dismantling a “Stop the Steal” group it claimed was inciting violence and spreading false information on its site during the aftermath of the election, according to the Washington Post. That’s when users started encouraging others to move to Parler. And Parler is not the only alternative social network. There’s Gab and MeWe. So how could these shifts transform social media networking as we know it? And what could be the long term impacts? Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with a tech reporter to learn more. Do you have thoughts or questions? Call us at 866-893-5722.  

Guest: 

Sheera Frenkel, reporter for the New York Times who’s been following this, she’s based in San Francisco; she tweets @sheeraf