Canadian Conspiracy Theorists Have Made Their Own Facebook - 2020-12-08
Following Facebook's crackdown on QAnon and other fast-growing conspiracy groups, Canadian conspiracy theorists have found another way to share posts that falsely claim COVID-19 doesn't exist: they've made their own Facebook.
Much like Parler, the growing U.S. far-right alternative to Twitter and Facebook, Liberty Network indulges and revels in theories and opinions people are afraid to share on mainstream outlets for fear of judgment from their peers.
Parler began in 2018, but has gained significant traction following Facebook's crackdown. In the week following the recent U.S. presidential election, Parler grew to 8 million users and reached the top of the U.S. iPhone App Store chart. In contrast, Liberty Network currently has about 6,500 members, including Vladislav Sobolev, the founder of Hugs Over Masks and an influential speaker at anti-mask rallies across Canada.