New rightwing free speech site Parler gets in a tangle over ... free speech - 2020-07-01

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F345.png New rightwing free speech site Parler gets in a tangle over ... free speech July 1, 2020, Poppy Noor, The Guardian

Enter Parler, the new, supposedly unbiased free-speech social network that suggests, when you join, you follow people such as Rand Paul, Hopkins and Rudy Giuliani. Other rightwing politicians such as Ted Cruz and Devin Nunes are on it. So too are the much-overlooked members of the Trump family Eric and Lara, commentators such as Candace Owens, and Donald Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale.

A glance at Parler might lead you to think that the platform is just a benign, more boring version of Twitter. Megyn Kelly is on Parler telling you she doesn't like Mary Trump's new book; Eric Trump is posting boring statements such as "Another great day for the market (amazing how the media and left have been very quiet about this incredible recovery)" – which reminds you of why Don Jr is the more popular brother; the Daily Caller is retweeting (re-parlering?) a bunch of articles that look like they belong on the Onion.

But since the platform's selling point is that it provides a safe space for people who want to use hate speech, the ugliness is there if you want to find it: Hopkins is equating Black Lives Matter protests with "thuggery" and posting comments such as "Our white girls pay the price. Every time" in a post about illegal immigration in Scotland.

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{{cite news | first = Poppy | last = Noor | title = New rightwing free speech site Parler gets in a tangle over ... free speech | url = https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jul/01/parler-conservative-twitter-new-free-speech-social-network | work = The Guardian | date = July 1, 2020 | accessdate = July 2, 2020 }}