President Donald Trump’s enemies have “awakened a sleeping giant” with their efforts to censor Trump supporters, says conservative pundit Dan Bongino, as a conservative social media app reaches new heights of popularity.
Parler, a social media platform founded as a free speech alternative to Twitter, reached No. 1 in Apple downloads this weekend as Big Tech platforms crack down on speculation of voter fraud, the Washington Examiner reported.
Big Tech censorship?
Conservatives have long said that social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook suppress their views. Parler was founded in 2018 to provide a more tolerant alternative where freedom of speech is respected.
But the platform is more popular than ever as controversy over alleged voter fraud in the presidential election continues, with news outlets claiming victory for former Vice President Joe Biden and Twitter and Facebook growing bold in suppressing anyone who claims otherwise. The president and his supporters have had their posts shut down, including some who organized “Stop the Steal” protests, as the Daily Mail reports.
The behavior of these platforms seems to be provoking a response: Parler surpassed TikTok and YouTube for downloads on Apple this weekend.
According to the Examiner, Bongino, who has a stake in the company, hailed the development as a sign of backlash against the “tech tyrants.”
“The media and the anti-Trump lunatics have awakened a sleeping giant. We gave a collective middle finger to the tech tyrants as Parler remains the NUMBER ONE most downloaded app in the world. Thank you!” Bongino said Sunday.
It’s gone “too far”
Other conservative pundits, such as Newt Gingrich, who delivered a scorching takedown of an alleged effort to steal the election by Democrats, have called on conservatives to join the site. “As Twitter attempts to silence my views and opinions, I invite you to follow me on Parler,” he said, according to the Examiner.
Twitter has been flagging virtually any tweets claiming that Trump won the election, or otherwise contending that fraud may have occurred in favor of Biden, including many recent tweets from Trump.
Parler’s CEO recently said that tech censorship in this election has gone “too far,” and many people seem to agree.
The president, for his part, has refused to concede, pending questions and lawsuits from the Trump campaign over mail-in ballots and voter fraud in various battleground states.
The threshold identification of Ballots is turning out to be even bigger than originally anticipated. A very large number of Ballots are impacted. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020