The main requests for Twitter a couple of years back were for 1) an edit button and 2) Twitter to kick all the Nazis off of the platform. Then Gab popped up as a free-speech alternative to Twitter, and everyone claimed that all the Nazis migrated there. The same thing happened with Parler, which Amazon kicked off its hosting platform after the storming of the Capitol, claiming insurgents had planned the attack there.
Parler is back and ready to return to the app stores from which it was pulled, and ABC News is reporting that some media advocates are worried right-wing extremist groups might use Parler to recruit individuals into other fringe platforms like Telegram. (Remember our warnings about whenever a journalist uses the word “some” — it’s almost always one left-wing professor.)
Some social media advocates are worried that right-wing extremist groups could use the Parler app to recruit individuals to other messaging spaces and fringe platforms that make it easier for spreaders of misinformation to do harm. https://t.co/2xfLaeI6vy
— ABC News (@ABC) April 22, 2021
With larger platforms like Twitter and Facebook struggling with moderation issues, Fadi Quran of the nonprofit advocacy group Avaaz, which says it seeks to protect democracies from misinformation, said it is unclear how effectively Parler will practice content moderation.
“Parler has become a haven for online actors seeking to spread hate, incite violence, and push disinformation,” Quran said. “And those individuals will certainly seek to leverage the platform to cause harm and recruit users to other fringe messaging boards, where they may organize violence.”
Sounds like we need to take Parler back down. Facebook is cool, though, even though it played a much larger role in the organization of the January 6 riots than Parler did.
Some social media giants are afraid the narrative coming from the media can't be controlled on Parler, making it easier for people to expose misinformation.
— Schadenfreudelish (@aggierican) April 22, 2021
@ABC one of the chief spreaders of misinformation
— Eddy Scrivner (@escriv76) April 22, 2021
“Spreaders of misinformation”
Absolutely rich coming from you all, give me a break ?
— Cam Johnson (@CamJohn44901882) April 22, 2021
OMG A FRINGE PLATFORM JUST FLEW OVER MY HOUSE!!!
— Alexandra Wordskovsky (@PivotHeel) April 22, 2021
I think Twitter and Facebook already do that for Iran’s Ayatollah and terrorist organizations.
— Adam Thomas (@AdamThomas_1102) April 22, 2021
Unfortunately that risk exists regardless of platform. Maybe if media outlets focused on accuracy rather than sensationalism, we'd be in a better spot.
*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*
— ＰＥＮＴＡＧＥＡＲ (@Pentagear) April 22, 2021
1. Facebook is the biggest organizing tool all around, unfortunately
2. Corporate news is the biggest spreader of misinformation
— forsakebook (@forsakebook) April 22, 2021
Nobody spreads more misinformation through their narrative controlling, censorship, lies, and lies of omission than the legacy media.
— Ozwald Katt (@OzwaldKatt) April 22, 2021
Is it possible to spread more misinformation than the combined efforts of Twitter and Facebook? ?
— AnonymousLocz (@AnonymousLocz) April 22, 2021
So where are the left wing extremists?
— T (@TownsendTJ) April 22, 2021
Some social media advocates are worried that left-wing extremist groups could use the Twitter app to recruit individuals to other messaging spaces and fringe platforms that make it easier for spreaders of misinformation to do harm. #worksbothways
— Douglas Karr (@douglaskarr) April 22, 2021
In other news far left does the same on all platforms and is mostly given a free pass
— Kevin Hill (@kevhill) April 22, 2021
Now do Antifa and what they use!
— Ham Burg (@hamburg401) April 22, 2021
The Left wing extremists are doing it now. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
— Steve Kovacs (@steveakovacs) April 22, 2021
Yeah it’s 2021, left wing extremist groups are more dangerous these days so nothing to see here?
— (((Nic S-DuPrahcess))) (@NickiStern) April 22, 2021
Yeah. That's what they're worried about. pic.twitter.com/q3Pjzx6x0m
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) April 22, 2021
You realize they can do that on Twitter, too, right?
— Tsukkomi (@ljenkins314) April 22, 2021
I completely agree.
I’m worried Parler may cover for an @NBA superstar, like say @KingJames, and let them get away with inciting violence against a police officer.
I’m certain if someone, like say @KingJames, did this @Twitter would hold them accountable.
— Fallon Rogan 2024 ?? (@I_Assure_You) April 22, 2021
"Social media advocates."
Orwell salutes you.
— TJ Sanders (@TJSandersHere) April 22, 2021
Social media advocates advocating for fewer social media sites.
— Brooding Pelican (@BroodingPelican) April 22, 2021
Yeah becuase misinformation never happens in big media https://t.co/wCOV5DZtLG
— M Gfunk (@Engerlandm8) April 22, 2021
What has happened to you all? When I was pursuing my degree in journalism, we were specifically taught to avoid headlines with obligatory, obtuse pronouns like, “many” or “some.” Thats literally an agenda-setting headline that could be used to write any story you wanted.
— connor (@c_evs) April 22, 2021
Wow. The media will do anything to get conservative voices shut down. This is sad.
— jfett???? (@jenfett66) April 22, 2021
Yep. Just call everyone to the right of President Biden a “right-wing extremist” or even a possible recruit for right-wing extremist groups and use that as your excuse to silence them.
House Dems call for an FBI investigation of Parler over the January 6 riot and possible ties to Russia https://t.co/OrnOtFsWvy
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 21, 2021