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Social media app alternative to Twitter soars to #1 on Apple download charts after election censorship

A social media application touted as the free speech alternative to Twitter shot up to the top of Apple’s downloading charts after numerous incidents of censorship over the election.

Parler officially launched in 2018 and has gained millions of followers since, some of which were banned from Twitter or abandoned the platform over their attempts to censor speech.

KUSI-TV said that the alternative platform was the No. 1 downloaded application on Apple the weekend after the election.

Parler, which is based in Henderson, Nevada, made similar headlines in June when prominent conservatives pushed a campaign to abandon Twitter in favor of the alternative platform.

Many supporters and allies of President Donald Trump excoriated Twitter after the election when the president claimed that he had won the election with large margins, and Twitter slapped his tweets with a warning that his claims were misleading.

The president had said in May that he would consider steps to shut down Twitter over its censorship.

“I think this, if Twitter were not honorable, if you’re gonna have a guy like this be your judge and jury, I think you shut it down as far as I’m concerned,” Trump said at the time, “but I’d have to go through a legal process to do that.

Parler CEO John Matze told KUSI that before the election his platform had risen to more than 4.5 million users. He added that during the election his platform was growing by as much as 50 new users a second.

“It was really kinda going a little crazy,” he said.

While some praised Parler for its closer adherence to a free speech policy, some worried that it might help spread false news.

“I think times have changed now considering how fast information gets spread on the internet. I think censorship is important to keep people safe,” said licensed counselor Angela Pham to WLS-TV.

“The conspiracy theories that are happening right now seem to be more dangerous than ever before,” she added.

Here’s more about the Twitter censorship:

Parler CEO John Matze slams Twitter’s censorship of President Trump

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Twitter will slap a warning label on tweets claiming election results before they’re officially declared

Social media giant Twitter previewed on Monday a warning label that it would place on tweets that announce the results of the election before official sources declare the results.

The policy is meant to undermine the spread of misinformation about election results at a time when President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are warning their supporters about false election results.

“We may label Tweets, starting on election night, that make claims about election results before they’re officially called. We’ll be prioritizing the presidential election and other highly contested races where there may be significant issues with misleading information,” read a statement from Twitter.

The warning labels may also fuel criticism from many that say the company is using its popular social media platform to influence the election.

Here’s the preview that Twitter posted about the labels:

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The statement went to say that accounts of any 2020 election candidate were eligible for the warning label, including President Trump’s account.

Other accounts eligible for the warning label are those in the U.S. that have more than 100,000 followers, or tweets that have “significant engagement,” which they define as having more than 25K likes or 25K quote tweets and retweets.

Twitter laid out the official sources of election results upon which they would rely to employ labeling. These include state election official results, and news outlets like Fox News, ABC News, the Associated Press, CNN News and NBC News.

When someone attempts to spread a tweet that has been labeled, Twitter said that would “see a prompt pointing them to credible information before they are able to amplify it further on Twitter.”

Twitter also said that it would be monitoring for threatening tweets.

“If we see content inciting interference with the election, encouraging violent action or other physical harms, we may take additional measures, such as adding a warning or requiring the removal of Tweets,” the statement concluded.

Twitter first labeled one of the president’s tweets with a warning label in May when he tweeted that mail-in voting was “anything less than substantially fraudulent.” The campaign fired off an angry response accusing Twitter of trying to interfere with the president’s messaging.

“We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting this message through to voters. Partnering with the fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility,” said Brad Parscale, who was the campaign manager for Trump 2020 at the time.

Here’s more about Twitter warning labels:

Twitter To Provide Misinformation Warnings Ahead Of Election