Conservative Fox News host Mark Levin announced late last week that he will be leaving Facebook soon due to censorship. Levin urged his followers to switch to Parler, a newer social media network that is attracting conservatives with its focus on protecting free speech.
“I’ve been restricted and censored on Facebook,” Levin complained in a tweet on Wednesday evening. “Please make sure you transition to Parler ASAP as I will be leaving Facebook probably by the end of the year.”
He included a screenshot of a message from Facebook that read, “Your Page has reduced distribution and other restrictions because of repeated sharing of false news. People will also be able to see if a Page has a history of sharing false news.”
The Washington Examiner noted that Levin, who hosts “Life Liberty & Levin” weekly on Fox News along with his popular talk radio show, “has been a vocal critic” of the social media giant and its history of silencing voices on the right.
Levin: Facebook is “a dinosaur”
“I’ve had it with Facebook,” the Examiner quoted Levin as telling his radio audience the evening before this year’s presidential election.
“They can do what they want,” he continued. “We will continue to simultaneously post so it’ll be in all three places, but I won’t be looking at Facebook anymore. If you want to make comments, you should go to Parler, or you should go to Twitter.”
“I’m not going to spend too much time on this, but I want to strongly encourage you to leave Facebook,” the conservative broadcaster added.
“If you want to interact with us, no longer will we be interacting on Facebook. We’ll be there. But my kids are right, they’re a dinosaur. A dinosaur run by leftists and enough is enough.”
Levin had already put out a similar message via Twitter earlier in which he promised not to be “intimidated or threatened” by the social media giant.
Conservatives quit Facebook
He is far from alone in promoting the new social media platform Parler as a way to avoid Facebook censorship, with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo also joining Parler after Twitter put disclaimers on some of her tweets. Fellow conservative pundit and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino — an owner of the new platform — is touting its benefits as well.
“I think there’s such rage and anger at Twitter because people by instinct don’t want to have their speech crushed,” Bongino said in a statement to the Washington Examiner last week.
“They just don’t like it, and that’s not what we do at Parler,” he explained. “We have been able to define ourselves by what Twitter isn’t.”