Momentum is growing for Parler, an up-and-coming social media platform that refuses to subject its users to what one investor calls “technofascism.” The new social media outlet functions very similarly to Twitter, with one notable exception: it intends to provide a freedom-oriented platform that prides itself in not suppressing or censoring any users’ speech, regardless of political leanings. Since its founding in 2018, Parler’s user base has catapulted to more than 1 million people.
On Tuesday, Fox News contributor Dan Bongino announced he is investing in Parler by purchasing an ownership stake in the platform. Bongino made the following statement on his personal website: “I’ve decided it’s time to fight back against the Tech Tyrants. I’m beyond fed up with the censorship and bias of Twitter and Facebook and I’m not going to stand back and watch as they target us. As a result, I’ve taken an ownership stake in Parler, the hottest social media alternative in the market right now.”
Bongino’s decision to purchase a stake in the company followed a press release Parler issued on Monday, announcing a “Declaration of Independence” from Big Tech, as well as creating a Bill of Rights for users. The outlet stated they are using their platform to return to the original vision of the internet “as part of a #TWEXIT campaign.” According to Parler, “The Declaration of Independence lays out the grievances with the censorship and data abuses of Big Tech Companies while the Bill of Rights states the free and permissionless nature the internet must be allowed to enjoy for it to thrive”.
Yes, a social media outlet did the most American thing ever and declared independence from the authoritarian ways of Big Tech behemoths—and then, for the cherry on top, they laid out a Bill of Rights for users! Parler’s Strategic Investor Jeffrey Wernick provided some insight behind their opposition to Technofacism: “We must reject the Tech Tyrants and their perverse authoritarian assault and compulsion toward centralized authority… The internet must act as a true public square where all voices and perspectives are heard and respected,” he demanded. “It’s time to exercise our rights and Twexit”.
I don’t care if “Twexit” sounds like a new version of a Twix bar, what’s not to love about this movement?! Americans are fed up with conventional mega-platforms like Twitter, Google, and Facebook that are rampantly censoring and suppressing Right-wing views to appease their Leftist agenda. Conservatives are finally voting with their wallets and taking their business elsewhere.
Proving the point in why this is necessary, on the same day, Google implemented additional restrictions on conservative news outlets ZeroHedge and The Federalist for allegedly violating race-related policies. Google banned and demonetized ZeroHedge, one of the first outlets to break the story of the coronavirus’ lab origins, from its advertising platform. The tech monopoly also announced they were demonetizing The Federalist for “violations”—however, following criticism, they backtracked and said that The Federalist has three days to address the violations before penalties go into effect.
While Trump and AG Barr have heightened restrictions on tech giants, filed lawsuits against them, and are creating legislation to counteract this tyranny imposed on conservatives, Americans are taking matters into their own hands. Platforms like Parler are continuing to grow and gain monumental support from giant conservative voices like Dan Bongino. Hopefully, this begins to put a dent in the pocket of platforms like Twitter and Google who refuse to relent on silencing Americans’ voices.