The rise of conservative-friendly platform Parler and other sites raises the specter of further political polarization through digital means.
America’s crisis of political segregation – we increasingly don’t live alongside, associate with or even marry people who think differently from us – is increasingly leading conservatives to congregate together on social media outlets designed specifically for people who think like them.
The recent rise of Parler – as well as other social media alternatives that appeal primarily to conservatives and that got their start largely by attracting the far right – raises the specter of further political polarization through digital means. Parler and others, like MeWe and Gab, are gaining momentum with a promise not to censor their users for behavior that might violate the policies of their rivals.
Parler said in its Nov. 7 “community guidelines” that it won’t decide what content will be “removed or filtered, or whose account will be removed, on the basis of the opinion expressed within the content.” [ … ]