Conservative Social Media Sites Are Creating a Giant Right-Wing Echo Chamber - 2020-11-12
Listening to right-wing influencer Dan Bongino this week, it would be easy to think that the end is nigh for Facebook and Twitter and that soon we'll all be using alternative social networks like Parler, Gab, Rumble, and MeWe.
Of course, Bongino, as an investor in Parler, has a vested interest in getting people to join these new platforms, where his worldview is welcomed with open arms. But since Bongino is one of Facebook's top performers, there is little chance that he'll be giving up a platform where he has 4 million followers any time soon.
Despite Bongino's rather disingenuous pronouncements that people should leave Facebook and Twitter for Parler, it's clear that there has been a significant spike in users checking out these so-called "free speech networks." And while these networks don't pose a danger to the dominance of the mainstream platforms, their growing numbers are creating a right-wing echo chamber where users are exposed to more extremist views and the possibility of being further radicalized.