Robert and Rebekah Mercer are funding the moderation-free Twitter alternative Parler, The Wall Street Journal reports. Neither the hedge fund billionaire nor his daughter commented to the Journal on why, but both have financed many of the highest-profile ultra-conservative causes of recent years like Cambridge Analytica, Breitbart News, and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The app has grown to 10 million users thanks in large part to conservatives chafing against other social networks’ content moderation policies, which, among other things, prohibit false claims that the election was stolen.
[Ed. Note: Twitter’s 187 million daily users and Facebook’s nearly 2 billion kinda dwarves 10 million, um, Parleys. — TG]
The Mercers seem to have enough money to burn, so why not tax them. But I digest…
I’m old enough to remember Reaganbook, which was the Right’s answer to the CENSORSHIP!!1! they felt that Facebook was showing them when it didn’t let them promote Nazi merde. It was a simpler time, before they realized that Faceberg hisself was one of their greatest enablers. Reaganbook, as I recall, didn’t do too well.
Also, anyone else remember Conservapedia? You know, the Right’s attempt to challenge Wikipedia because actual facts were too damn liberal.
The Right tries to create an online alternative reality to mimic the success they’ve had with Fox News, but the web is more porous than the walled gardens of cable teevee. I suspect Parler eventually will suffer the same fate, and in fact each time one of ’em announces that they are leaving Twitter forever to go to Parler, they almost always show up the next day on Twitter, begging people to go there. Twitter is like the restaurant that no one goes to because it’s too crowded. (H/T Yogi Berra)
The freedumb from censorship seems to be a poor substitute for fun of trolling and rage tweeting the rest of us.
“John and I started Parler to provide a neutral platform for free speech,” Rebekah Mercer wrote on Parler on Saturday. She went on to condemn “the ever increasing tyranny and hubris of our tech overlords.”
Which is then why she wanted to become one of ’em herself. Go figure.
(Parler is the infinitive in French for the verb “to speak”, and if they ever figure that out their heads will probably ‘splode!)