Conservatives grumbling about censorship say they’re flocking to Parler. They told us so on Twitter.

Conservatives grumbling about censorship say they’re flocking to Parler. They told us so on Twitter.

11/23/2020 6:18:00 PM

Conservatives grumbling about censorship say they’re flocking to Parler. They told us so on Twitter.

The pro-Trump Internet can’t stop talking about their exodus from Big Tech. But very few of them have actually abandoned their long-time social media homes.

, are typically overrun with links to porn sites and ads for cheap handbags.Facebook and Twitter deal with the same kinds of hoaxes, spam and hate speech every day, and the sites have spent billions of dollars assembling content-moderation teams and artificial-intelligence systems to target problematic posts, with mixed results.

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Parler and Gab, two conservative social media sites, keep alleged Russian disinformation up, despite reportBut Parler spurns the idea of moderators altogether, instead appointing a “community jury” of 200 volunteers who review user-reported posts and can vote for removal. While Peikoff said the company was “designed from the ground up” to prevent spam and disinformation, its techniques are fairly rudimentary, including banning unverified users from posting links in comments and requiring users to sign up with a phone number.

Online tricksters have already found ways to wreak havoc with the site’s own tools. Parler gives a “verified” badge to users who confirm their identity by submitting photos of an official ID card and a video of themselves slowly blinking their eyes, but the site doesn’t prevent those users from then changing their name — a major security oversight that has been used to

impersonatemore than a dozen people, including Republican members of Congress.A Washington Post reporter two weekends ago alerted Parler to a potential impostor account that purported to reveal the identity of the mysterious Q, whose “drops” drive the QAnon conspiracy movement. Executives said they were investigating the issue, but have not responded, even as the hoax continued to spread online. Aubrey Cottle, a security researcher and co-founder of the Anonymous hacker collective, later told The Post he was behind the prank, saying the site’s security is a “joke” and that he “did it for the lulz” — the laughs.

‘My faith is shaken’: The QAnon conspiracy theory faces a post-Trump identity crisisBeyond the investment from its original funders, it’s unclear how Parler will make money long-term. Parler does not allow the kind of targeted advertising that has turned its rivals into commercial juggernauts, and the site has landed only a limited number of major marketing deals, including from Trump’s failed reelection campaign.

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