What is Parler and why it should be avoided
Drawing attention to this app is problematic, although having such discourse in plain sight is advantageous.
Awareness of its existence for educators and parents, and what its content reflects is necessary.
Ratings on Google apps = Teen
Ratings on The Apple Store = 17+
App Rating: 17+
Parler is in the news. Kindly described as a conservative breakaway Twitter, this app is increasing in popularity and is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Founded in America in 2018, and recently revealed to be associated with the individuals who brought you Cambridge Analytica.
Parler emerged as a platform for those who felt their points of view and freedom of speech where being unfairly limited by moderation on numerous other social media platforms. This app has both gained in popularity and rapidly descended in content quality. Freedom of speech is important, but freedom of speech is not without consequence – and this factor is largely ignored on this app. Please remember that everyone has the right to their own opinion, if you don't agree.....don't engage.
What is Parler?
It’s a chat site. Think a clunkier Twitter and you’re there.
However, it’s a chat site with pornography, obscenities, discussions of marijuana, blackmail and false rumours.Comments can be voted or echoed by users, just like Twitters like and retweet functions, and users may also direct message one another.
What is the issue?
Hate speech on this platform is unrestrained, and facts are not checked, Steve Bannon – a hard right extremist who’s calling publicly for the beheading of American epidemiologist Dr Fauci; who has been de-platformed from other social media apps – still holds an account here, as do other extreme right figures.
The argument that freedom of speech takes precedence over all other matters is profound on this app, and the definition of this appears to mean a freedom to incite violence, to be racist, and freely disparage any and all demographics typically protected under discrimination law, and spread unfounded conspiracy theories.
The platform despite its free speech ethos has been accused of removing post expressing left leaning members, and removing posts that contradicted popular theories on the platform.
The platforms CEO has publicly stated that it will never remove hate speech as he views it as so arbitrary that it cannot be properly defined.
Users who sign up should be advised to be very careful about the information they provide at the establishment of an account with considerable personal details required. Both email addresses, and phone numbers are required, with a confirmation text being sent. Should an individual wish for a verified account, a scan of a government issued photo identification is required.
The intent behind this action is to allow verified members limited interaction with trolls. Red badges are supplied for those verified, with celebrity figures acknowledged with gold.
Security purposes aside, and claims these documents are destroyed after verification, this opens a user to data harvesting and questions about the usage of this information by the application.
Join to stir? This is not advised.
Posts out of character for the style of the app or those that question the opinion