GOP officials flock to Parler social network. So do their trolls and impostors. - 2020-07-02
Conservative politicians have turned to the platform, which bills itself as an "unbiased" substitute for the likes of Facebook and Twitter, as they escalate their feud with Silicon Valley over allegations that social media companies stifle viewpoints on the right. That movement has given Parler's site — with its crimson theme, minimalist feel and Twitter-like interface — a distinctly conservative bent.
But Parler has also seen a sudden uptick in impostor accounts over the past few weeks, with 11 GOP congressional offices telling POLITICO there are new pages on the site wrongly purporting to be their official accounts, including for Sens. John Thune of South Dakota, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Reps. Dan Crenshaw of Texas and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
The phony @RealSenGraham introduces himself with a post, which the site calls a "parley," saying: "Well kiss my grits and call me Lindsey. I'm on Parler." The senator is not, in fact, on Parler, but at least another four fake Grahams are, some more polished than others.