Parler is a microblogging and social networking service based in Henderson, Nevada, United States. It promotes free speech, allowing contents banned from other social networks including anti-Semitism, far-right politics and conspiracy theories such as QAnon.
Because of this, many of Parler users are conservatives, right-wing extremists and conspiracy theorists. Here are 13 more things about the platform:
- It was founded by John Matze, Jr., Jared Thomson and Rebekah Mercer in 2018.
- Among its first notable Republican users were Brad Parscale, Mike Lee and Rudy Giuliani.
- By May 2019, its user base grew to 100,000 users.
- In June 2019, it attracted around 200,000 accounts from Saudi Arabia, most of which were Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman supporters who were banned from Twitter.
- On July 13, 2020, Brazil’s 38th president Jair Bolsonaro joined the platform.
- On July 15, 2020, it had around 2.8 million total users.
- In November 2020, it had more than 10 million users but only 4 million of them were active.
- It was widely used by the hundreds of the Donald Trump supporters who breached the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021.
- After the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, it was banned from the Google Play Store. On January 8, 2021, a Google spokesperson told CNN Business, “In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues.”
- On January 9, 2021, Apple removed it from its App Store and Amazon suspended it from its web hosting service.