Given the repeated acts of censorship by Twitter and Facebook on conservative sectors, the Parler platform is increasingly positioned as an alternative that promotes freedom of expression by functioning as a true application of free commentary and not as a news publisher with political trends and preferences unlike its competitors.
After President Trump’s accounts were blocked on major social networks, Parler CEO John Matze continued to promote his platform as a virtual space where freedom of expression reigns, relying on users’ logical reasoning and promoting free thinking.
“Parler is not an arbiter of truth. We believe in you. We believe that you are smart enough to decide for yourself and we trust that, given access to all information, we can govern ourselves,” John Matze said in a statement from his platform.
On Thursday, JAN.7, Twitter suspended President Trump’s account, blaming him without argument for the unrest caused by leftist infiltrators who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced through a social media message that he would prevent President Trump from using his platform at least until he was no longer president.
In discussing these forms of censorship, John Matze wrote, “If free speech truly is the enemy and we must restrict and censor the voices of people to keep our country safe then our country is already lost.”
He added, pointing bluntly at the giants Facebook and Twitter, “It is clear that Facebook and Twitter believe that the end justifies the means. They believe that the American people are weak. They insult our founding fathers by suggesting that Zuckerburg and Dorsey know what is best for us.”
After the conflicts on Capitol Hill, President Trump condemned the violent entry of some protesters into the Capitol and the disruption of the congressional session where the certification of electoral votes was taking place, from his Twitter account.
“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” Trump wrote.
Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
After another tweet on the same line and another with a video in which the president addressed his followers calling on them to calm down, Twitter deleted the video and suspended the account for 12 hours, according to The Western Journal.
“You need to go home now. We need to have peace. We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anyone to get hurt. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. So go home. We love you,” President Trump said in the deleted video.
The Twitter suspension was joined by Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube, citing unfounded risks in President Trump’s messages to censorship.
Faced with this situation, conservative users are replacing tens of thousands of traditional social networks with the platform Parler, which is gradually becoming an icon of free cyber expression.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) among others, has been promoting Parler since last year on Twitter, while attacking Big Techs Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, for having become platforms that silence those with whom they disagree. In a video, Cruz warned about the danger that could imply that the technological giants have the capacity to affect the result of presidential elections. How right he was.
I’m proud to join @parler_app — a platform gets what free speech is all about — and I’m excited to be a part of it. Let’s speak. Let’s speak freely. And let’s end the Silicon Valley censorship. Follow me there @tedcruz! pic.twitter.com/pzUFvhipBZ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 25, 2020