Parler is a ‘free speech’ alternative to Twitter. It just shot to the top of the App Store.

The election has been a boon for the Dan Bongino-backed social network.


November 10, 2020

Parler dubs itself the “non-biased, free speech” social media app.

My First Million’s Shaan Puri noted over the weekend that Parler had hit the top of the App Store, where it remains.

The app was founded in 2018…

… and made news earlier this year when Sen. Ted Cruz joined the platform. It was in semi-protest at Twitter, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley giants for “flagrantly silencing” millions of conservative voices.

According to The Verge, Parler differentiates itself from other social networks by refusing to moderate content, “including hate speech and misinformation.”

It’s been very active since the election

Twitter’s aggressive use of warning labels on political-related content and Facebook’s outright ban of users has juiced Parler’s numbers. #GrowthHack

Of the app’s 4m users, 25% of them (1m) joined over the past 6 weeks per The Verge.

The traffic was so heavy in recent days that the site crashed, leading Dan Bongino — conservative media star and Parler co-owner — to (ironically) tweet, “I’m asking for your patience while we deal with the exponential growth… my apologies for the glitches.”

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