A New Conservative-Friendly Social Media App Becoming a Growing Threat to Twitter

We all know that big social media outfits — like Twitter and Facebook — stand against free speech and conservatives have been looking for alternatives, well now it looks like one may be rising up as a challenger, at least to Twitter.

A new app called Parler News — named for the French word meaning “to speak” — has launched and many new users of the service are saying that it could easily replace Twitter.

The platform is also free speech-friendly, so, unlike on Twitter, it is not a crime to be conservative on Parler.

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As Daily Caller reported this week:

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“Alternative platforms will rise and those who are bold will switch,” Parler News founder and CEO John Matze wrote in a post on his platform Monday night. “Big tech is not too big to topple, in fact, they are blinded by their size/power and are hurting themselves by ideologically targeting groups.” (RELATED: Twitter Bans Account Famous For Poking Fun At Leftists … AGAIN)

The structure of the app itself closely mirrors that of Twitter, limiting the learning curve for those who choose to make the jump. User posts are limited to 1,000 characters, which other users can then support by “voting” and “echoing,” rather than “liking” and “retweeting.”

The three-month-old service benefitted from an influx of conservatives this month and grew by leaps and bounds.

As DC added:

Continuing growth throughout the week has bumped the app to the seventh most popular news app in the iOS App Store, ahead of The New York Times, Google News, ABC, CNBC, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal apps. Android users can find Parler in the Google Play Store as well. Those who prefer a web-based desktop version can expect one soon, says Matze.

Amid the scramble for usernames, Matze announced an effort to reserve handles of prominent or verified users from other platforms. Evidence of this can be seen when exploring the app, where you’re likely to come across empty profiles with handles such as @TuckerCarlson, @DonaldJTrumpJr, and @Snapchat with display names that read “Reserved.”

Indeed, some well known right-leaning folks have reported big growth in their own follow list on Parler.

Paul Joseph Watson, who made a name for himself with Alex Jones’ outfit, said he got over a thousand followers overnight.

Other more well-known new Parler users include TPUSA’s Candace Owens, the NRA, John Cardillo, Ryan Fournier, and Laura Loomer.

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