Parle App tops charts
App tops charts in wake of Trump defeat.
Parler has become the most-downloaded app in the United States as conservatives flock to the self-styled “free speech” app after the US election.
It follows a clampdown on the spread of election misinformation by Twitter and Facebook in recent days.
Owner Dan Bongino said the service was adding “thousands to users per minute” on Sunday.
But the sudden boom also caused technical issues for users.
Some reported problems registering and a slowdown of the app as its servers attempted to deal with the influx.
Parler founder John Matze said the app had added two million new users in a day, and increased its daily active users four-fold over the weekend.
“Don’t worry, the app isn’t normally this slow,” he promised new arrivals.
While Mr Trump himself is not a user, the platform already features several high-profile contributors following earlier bursts of growth this year.
It is one of a handful of start-up social networks – such as MeWe or Gab – trying to appeal to disgruntled users of the biggest platforms.
Parler says it keeps bans to an “absolute minimum”, and does not fact-check posts.
Parler does, however, ban some things, including pornography, threats of violence, and support for terrorism.
The “free speech” platform remained the top free app in Google’s and Apple’s app stores as of Tuesday.
Twitter and Facebook, which have repeatedly denied allegations of conservative bias, suspended Loomer from their platforms for violating their rules.
Twitter permanently suspended Loomer in 2018 after she falsely tweeted that Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, was “anti-Jewish” and “pro-Sharia.
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