After supporters besieged the US Capitol, President Trump has started with most mainstream social media platforms. But it remains to be seen how fast he can reach his followers on the Internet.
The extremely friendly Parler is the leader, at least until Google and Apple remove it from their app stores and launch it from their web hosting service after midnight Pacific time on Monday.
As of 4:30 EST, Parler cannot be accessed on the Internet.
The CEO of Parler said that this may take it offline for a week, although it may be optimistic. Even if it finds a friendly web hosting service without a smartphone app, it̵
Although the mobile application analysis company Sensor Tower believes that this two-year-old user on the far right has attracted 12 million users, the number in the world is still 10 million, while in the United States there are 8 million. This is only Mr. Trump. A small percentage of 89 million followers are on Twitter.
Nevertheless, Parler may be very attractive to Mr. Trump because his sons Eric and Don Jr. are already active here.
Last Friday, Parler encountered a headwind because Google withdrew its smartphone app from its App Store because the app allowed posts that tried to “incitate continued violence in the United States” to be sued by Apple on Saturday night . Promote further illegal and dangerous activities. “Apple said that public safety issues need to be resolved before recovery.
Amazon was hit hard again on Saturday, telling Parler that it needs to find a new web hosting service that will take effect at midnight on Sunday. It reminded Parler in a letter originally reported by Buzzfeed that it had notified 98 examples of posts in the past few weeks that “obviously encourage and incite violence” and said the platform “posed a very real risk to public safety. “
Parler CEO John Matze condemned this punishment because “joint attacks by tech giants killed market competition.” We were too successful, too fast. “To “We rebuild from scratch” for a week.
Matze said on Fox New Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” on Sunday: “From SMS services to email providers to our lawyers, every vendor abandoned us on the same day.” He said that despite the company Trying to get back online as soon as possible, but “it’s a lot of trouble, because every supplier we talk to says they won’t work with us, because if Apple doesn’t approve and Google doesn’t do it. “No, they won’t .”
Although it continues to be accessible via a web browser, the inability to access the app stores of Google and Apple (whose operating systems power hundreds of millions of smartphones) severely limits Parler’s influence. The loss of Amazon Web Services means that Parler needs to work hard to find another web host in addition to its redesign.
At the same time, Gab.com, another website widely used by extreme rightists, apparently benefited from Parler’s troubles. Gab tweeted earlier on Monday that “it has gained more users in the past two days than the current number of users in the first two years.”
Folk media professor Ethan Zuckerman pointed out that Twitter and Facebook initially argued that they needed to be verbal neutral, but then gradually succumbed to public pressure, especially when so-called Plandemic videos appeared in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic and urged people not to wear masks. Set the boundaries. University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Zuckerman predicts that Trump’s removal of platformization may spur important online shifts. Among them, the social media world may be split up along the ideological route.
He said: “Trump will attract a lot of audiences wherever he goes.” This may mean that more platforms will have fewer, ideologically isolated audiences.
Mr. Trump can also launch his own platform. But this will not happen overnight. Free speech experts predict that as Americans contemplate Trump inciting the mob’s violent acquisition of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, there will be increasing pressure on all social media platforms to curb inflammatory speech. .