The popular social media site "Parler" is back online after a coordinated effort to censor and cancel it.
The following is a news analysis.
Parler is a Twitter option that promises not to censor legal speech for political reasons, as other social media companies are doing.
As such, it has been a target of coordinated attacks.
For example, propagandists in media have tried to link Parler to the Capitol attacks, even though both left wing and right wing activists involved communicated widely on Facebook and Twitter.
The Wikipedia description entered by agenda editors and propagandists borders on the ridiculous:
There are also efforts to link Parler to "The Russians!" even though it was Facebook that the Russians used, according to analysts, to try to sway the 2016 election.
Defenders of Parler say they expect the attacks to continue, particularly because the platform welcomes free speech that supports Donald Trump and opines about possible election fraud.
It also welcomes speech that opposes Trump and denies election fraud.
It's sort of like being in America, again.
Impact of Parler
As an example of how manipulated popular social media such as Twitter and Facebook have become, compare my professional accounts on those mediums versus Parler. Others have experienced much the same.
After 15 years on Twitter, I have somewhere under 300,000 followers.
Starting almost a decade ago, I began getting routine reports from people who say they are automatically "unfollowed" from my account and cannot see my posts. My followers sometimes disappear by the hundreds or thousands over a short period of time. Last month, I lost more than 55,000 followers.
I have videos showing "impressions" (views) of my tweets rolling backwards in real time, which is impossible.
Before the "down throttling" of my account, an average post or tweet could get 150 views every few seconds. Today, the count on same type of tweet often only rolls forward at about 6 views at a time every 5-10 seconds.
Likewise with YouTube.
I have watched as the views on one of my popular TedX talks roll backwards in real time. Days go by and there are fewer views than there were days earlier.
My professional account on Facebook is also down throttled. I only have about 55,000 followers after many years, but originally a post would still easily get 10,000 views. Today, many of my posts sit idle with the metric of "0" people seeing it.
In contrast, Parler doesn't manipulate follower numbers or reach. And it's easy to see what happens on an unrestricted platform like that.
In just a few weeks, I amassed over 1 million followers on Parler, compared to the under 300,000 on Twitter in 15 years.
The exact same post that gets a few thousand views on Twitter gets 100,000 views on Parler.
Find me on Parler today.
I'm also on Gab.
Considering how alternate platforms are under attack by powerful interests and political figures, it seems wise to diversify and use multiple platforms.
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