Twitter alternative Parler surged to be the most downloaded social media app in the country, with its user base growing by 50% in a week to 1.5 million, after more controversial TWITMO suspensions of high-profile users drove new sign-ups.
On his platform, Parler co-founder John Matze posted the league tables image and gave a statement that the gains symbolize a victory of free speech over tech tyrants:
“We reject technofacism 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.”
The exodus began once “Memelord” CarpeDonktum was booted from Twitter over a video clip that was retweeted by @POTUS.
In it, a well-known video of a pair of black and white toddlers is edited to show them running away from each other. The real scandal began once CNN did a report to tell its viewers that this was a doctored video, also for which CarpeDonktum had no legal right to use as the base material for his own. From there, the controversy spiraled. Notably, Twitter refused to respond to his pleas for justice, but did respond to ABC News.
He posted a statement shared by Donald Trump, Jr.:
I have been Permanently Suspended by twitter for the Todler video that President Trump tweeted last week.
I received a DMCA takedown order this morning for that video, and a few hours later a suspension letter.
Twitter has not provided me with any avenue to get my account back, so I assume they intend this to be final and permanent.
I have ALWAYS complied with DMCA takedown rules, and I have submitted counterclaims when necessary, but I have NEVER uploaded content that has been removed.
I have abided by the community guidelines, and followed the rules. It doesn’t matter.
I have been banned for being effective and they won’t even look me in the eye as they do it.
They have responded to ABC news, but not me, THE ACCOUNT HOLDER.
If you would like to support me, make noise, the only thing these people respond to is public outcry.
Other personalities with large followings cancelled this week included National Pulse editor Raheem Kassam. QUARTERMASTER NEWS was cancelled last week, no reason given, except for the obvious one — we published an article speaking out against the Chinese military’s influence on Twitter.
The Twitter purges are legendary against Chinese and Iranian dissidents against their government and Saudi Arabians in favor of theirs. A year ago, 100,000 Saudis signed up for Parler after being purged from Twitter — it doubled the platform’s membership.
At home, the censorship focuses on closing “effective” accounts that disrupt the conventional narrative that is still bent on this nearly four-year crusade to “impeach” the President.
Their tactics are varied, while the extensive persecution of the President’s supporters both bound them together, like the first colonists who stood up in the Revolutionary War, and created a new lexicon.
Initially, this online “cancel culture” thrived by “butthurt Libs” reporting those who bested them in arguments — why reply when you can just report someone for any form of discrimination or threats to have the anonymous tech handlers take down your enemy?
As more accounts were suspended or sent to three-day “TWITMO” punishments, like “the thinking chair” for kids in nursery school, where you can watch the action but not participate, many people created “backup accounts” to use while their main ax, undoubtably with thousands of more followers, thus more echo, were on lockdown.
So, a rule Twitter chose to enforce was to shut down anyone with “multiple accounts.”
Their more mild form of “electronic harassment” was the lockout, where you have to enter a new telephone number to claim your account or simply click on the seemingly endless stream of images to choose all those with a school bus, mountain or crosswalks.
Like all good lawfare, it works because each user has agreed to a long list of rules that can be selectively enforced.
But where Twitter really did jump the shark was in its attempts to flag posts by the U.S. President — including one where he vowed to crackdown on rioters in Washington, D.C., if they tried to create an Autonomous Zone, “they will be met with serious force,” which Twitter said was “threat of harm.”
Twitter is fine censoring POTUS for promising to put down lawlessness but ignored Fox’s requests to remove videos featuring Tucker Carlson’s home after an antifa mob harassed his wife. This is what we’re up against. pic.twitter.com/NJnKa1nH92
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) June 23, 2020
— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸 (@Scavino45) June 24, 2020
Ultimately, while many users have gone to Parler and Gab, another Twitter alternative, to share news and comments without censorship, many of their accounts open and active on Twitter.
For some, it’s because they have built large Twitter followings that take years to recreate and others that the user experience is harder to navigate. The best reason not to abandon ship is that @realDonaldTrump remains on Twitter to speak to the country, via his 80 million followers, so should all those who support him and want to fight on the active front.
Please do not hate me but I do not like Parler. I am set up over there, but I do not like the way it is set up🙊❤️Also I cannot livestream and honestly I just do not have the energy to grow it. It has taken me 3 years to hit 276K on twitter.
Twitter needs to stop being ASSHATS.
— Gretchen Smith (@cov_Gretchen) June 24, 2020
In regard to user interface and site function, moving from Twitter to Parler is like moving from a Corvette to a lawn mower…………
— Todd Krieger (@ToddKrieger1) June 24, 2020
The notion that succumbing to the cancel culture, allowing yourself to be cancelled, is what the enemy wants, so let’s just stay here and “resist their resistance.”
If the battlefield is Twitter and Facebook — no one is fighting on Parler — then re-upping with a new identity and new phone number, if required, is the best way to continue to influence the debate. Is it really a public square if there is only one debate team talking?
The other adage is the answer to the question of when does the enemy expend ammunition? When you’re over the target — so keep dropping those bombs, memes, news articles and facts that support the case against the internal enemy.
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