President Donald Trump’s campaign is “checking out” Parler, a conservative social media network designed to be a home for those banned on Twitter and Facebook, Politico reported.
Parler, pronounced par-lay as the French word for “speak,” has been home to banned right-wing activists like Gavin McInnes, Laura Loomer, and Milo Yiannopoulos, and now Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale began posting there this month, per the report.
“It’s something he’s aware of and is checking out,” a source told Politico of Parscale, who helped President Trump’s 2016 campaign presence online. “We don’t currently have a plan to make a big move to the platform.”
The move to the platform would help President Trump reach Internet-savvy supporters who are either banned on Facebook and Twitter or are boycotting over shadow bans and censorship of conservative.
“Donald Trump should just switch social media platforms altogether because everyone will follow him,” Trump-activist Candace Owens told Politico.
Owens, was recently banned from Facebook for posting “Black America must wake up to the great liberal hoax. White supremacy is not a threat. Liberal supremacy is,” per the report.
She was reinstated to Facebook after the company apologized.
John Matze, Parler’s founder, says his site has 100,000 followers, which paled in comparison to Twitter’s claim of 326 million.
“We’re pretty much bipartisan from our standpoint,” Matze told Politico. “I really don’t want to take a stance at all on the political side of things. However it seems extremely relevant right now for conservatives at least to build a platform where they can build trust. They feel extremely abused by social media.”
Another competing social network, Gab, has a million users and its founder Andrew Torba derided Parlor to Politico as “ghost town.”
“Obviously I’d like to see it build up,” Michael Morrison, a conservative activist who operated a parody account of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., but has since been banned, told Politico. “For now, it’s a small, nice, conservative community.”
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