Sunday’s Bottomless Stupid Is Served, Parler-Style!

The Mercer Family Is Funding the Right-Wing Social Network Parler: WSJ

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!)

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17 Responses to Sunday’s Bottomless Stupid Is Served, Parler-Style!

  1. osirisopto says:

    Moderation free, anonymous RWNJ’s on the internet?

    Twenty quatloos says the police will have collected enough evidence of sex crimes inflicted on minors to bust half the posters before the end of next week.

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    • tengrain says:

      The NPR article is kinda funny the way they seem to stress that the Parler management wants some decorum. But I agree: “Yer abusing my freedumb to abuse wimmins and bebes?”



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    • StringOnAStick says:

      I’ve read that the tictok kids are creating sock puppets to troll righties, and at such a rate that they might soon dominate the platform.

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  2. Infidel753 says:

    The problem with a wingnutocentric forum unmoored from reality is that there’s no obvious way to draw a line on just how wingnutty to go. Will they allow explicit, self-proclaimed Nazis to post and recruit there? Alien-reptile-humanoid conspiracy theorists? VDare types who preach that blacks are genetically inferior but are more explicit about it? How about pedophiles, if it’s genuinely unmoderated? What’s to stop all those groups from getting accounts on Parler and posting there? But if they do, it’s likely to turn off the larger numbers of “mainstream” wingnuts who support Trump and his views but don’t want to see swastikas and threads about shagging 6-year-olds when they log on. I’ve seen (and trolled) a few right-wing discussion boards over the years, and when there’s no moderation at all, issues like that sooner or late either strangle to site or turn it into a very small cesspit for the worst people imaginable after everyone else leaves in disgust.

    I agree with Osirisopto that the FBI would probably find monitoring Parler to be a very fruitful use of their time.

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  3. Waitamminute….I thought Gab was the conservative version of Twitter!

    Also, too, this:

    Gonna make the Mercers pay a hell of a lot more for their Freeze Peaches,,,

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    • tengrain says:

      Yeah, I think Gab descended into madness really fast. I need to see what I can find on that.



      UPDATE: From something called “Republican World,” and no link for obvious reasons:

      However, in recent times, Gab has received a lot of backlashes. It has been accused of providing a safe haven to terrorists and anti-Semitics. The website came under fire in 2018 after an assailant led an anti-Semitic attack in a synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018. The man’s Gab profile was investigated and it was littered with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and rants about Jews. Gab reportedly defended itself as being on the mission “to defend free expression and individual liberty online for all people.”

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  4. TheOtherHank says:

    Aren’t the Mercers actual for real economic parasites? As I recall they made their money the old-fashioned way, they engaged in high speed trading, ie, they bought, held, and sold stocks with a total turn around time measured in seconds. So they took advantage of minor fluctuations in stock prices to make money. They contributed nothing and extracted money from the market. I mean, Gates, Bezos, Musk, the Kochs, etc all at least did something to make their money.

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  5. Buttermilk Sky says:

    Hang on — ain’t the Parler the room where you entertain company? If it’s some kinda Frenchy thing from Yurrup I ain’t goin’ near it. MAGA!!1!

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  6. laura says:

    Did the Mercers ever pay their billions in back taxes owed, because I dont recall ever reading or hearing about it. Fuck those fucking tax cheat nazi’s with a rusty chainsaw twice sideways.

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  7. Sirius Lunacy says:

    Now we just need a few million Tik-Tok kids to jaunt on over to Parler to see which one can come up with the most outrageous LEFT win conspiracy theory to post there.

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