Parler, MeWe, Gab gain momentum as conservative social media alternatives in post-Trump age

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.” [ … ]

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