Tag Archives: Parler

Dem Rep: Parler Warned FBI Of Threats Over 50 Times

The New York Times reports: Members of House Oversight and Reform Committee questioned Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director; General Charles Flynn, who commands the U.S. Army Pacific; and Lieutenant General Walter Piatt, director of the Army staff. Mr. Wray came under tough questioning from Ms. Maloney, who argued federal law enforcement agencies overlooked specific intelligence about threats against the …

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Parler Blocks Hate Speech On Apple Devices Only

The Washington Post reports: When social media network Parler came back to life on Apple’s App Store Monday, it was designed to be a less offensive version than what users are able to see elsewhere. Posts that are labeled “hate” by Parler’s new artificial intelligence moderation system won’t be visible on iPhones. There’s a different standard for people who look …

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Apple Approves Parler’s Return To Their App Store

CNN Business reports: Apple has approved Parler’s return to the iOS app store following improvements the social media company made to better detect and moderate hate speech and incitement, according to a letter the iPhone maker sent to Congress on Monday. The decision clears the way for Parler, an app popular with conservatives including some members of the far right, …

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Ex-CEO: Mercer Tricked Bongino Out Of Parler Shares

Salon reports: Pro-Trump pundit, conservative media tycoon and self-proclaimed Parler investor Dan Bongino was apparently tricked into being promised shares of Parler by investor and conservative mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, according to former Parler CEO John Matze. This allegation is within a new lawsuit claiming that Bongino and Mercer used bullying and intimidation to take away Matze’s shares in Parler when …

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Parler Users Revolt Over Site’s “Snitching” To The FBI

As I reported earlier this week, Parler has sent a letter to Congress claiming that they alerted the FBI to over 50 posts inciting violence ahead of the Capitol riot. They did this in response to a inquiry into their financing. Parler has now posted to the letter to their official account and it’s not being received well. Mashable reports: …

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Parler Claims It Referred Content To FBI Before Riot

The Wall Street Journal reports: The conservative-leaning social-media network Parler referred violent content from its platform to the FBI more than 50 times in the weeks before the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, the company said Thursday, following criticism that it failed to adequately police threats ahead of the deadly attack. Parler in December began alerting the bureau …

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Ousted Parler CEO Sues Rebekah Mercer Over Firing

NPR reports: The co-founder and former CEO of Parler has sued the conservative social media platform over his firing this year. John Matze claims Parler’s leadership took away his 40% stake in the company in an “arrogant theft,” intimidated and bullied him in an ouster he says was illegal and left him owed millions of dollars. Matze lost his job …

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Apple Denies Return Of “Racist” Parler To App Store

ABC News reports: Parler, the controversial conservative social media app, was denied re-entry to Apple Inc.’s App Store recently after it was kicked off the platform in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, documents show. On Wednesday, Parler LLC cut its three remaining iOS developers, according to a person familiar with the matter. The company eliminated seven workers …

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Fired Parler CEO Was Stripped Of His Company Stake

NPR reports: The power struggle that led to conservative social media site Parler abruptly firing its founder and CEO John Matze last month became so acrimonious that when Matze was sacked, he was also involuntarily stripped of his entire stake in the company, according to people familiar with Matze’s exit. Matze became locked in a dispute with Rebekah Mercer, the …

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Extremist Social Media Platform Parler Is Back Online

Just in via press release: Parler was built to offer a social media platform that protects free speech and values privacy and civil discourse. When Parler was taken offline in January by those who desire to silence tens of millions of Americans, our team came together, determined to keep our promise to our highly engaged community that we would return …

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Dems Demand Info On Parler’s Owners And Creditors

Forbes reports: House Democrats are looking into Parler’s finances and foreign ties as the suspended social media network comes under increased scrutiny following the attack on the U.S. Capitol building, with House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) sending a letter to the company Monday demanding it turn over documents regarding its associations with Russia and former President Donald …

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Trump Wanted Stake In Parler Before He Would Join

Buzzfeed News reports: The Trump Organization negotiated on behalf of then-president Donald Trump to make Parler his primary social network, but it had a condition: an ownership stake in return for joining, according to documents and four people familiar with the conversations. The deal was never finalized, but legal experts said the discussions alone, which occurred while Trump was still …

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Ex-Parler CEO: I Got Fired For Wanting Moderation

NPR reports: In an interview with NPR, Matze claimed that there was a dispute with Mercer over just how far Parler would take its openness to free speech. He said that if the company wanted to succeed, Parler would have crack down on domestic terrorists and any groups that incite violence, including the Trump-supporting conspiracy theory QAnon. “I got silence …

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Parler CEO: I Just Got Fired By Rebekah Mercer

Fox News reports: Parler has terminated CEO John Matze, according to a memo Matze sent to staffers that has been obtained by Fox News. “On January 29, 2021, the Parler board controlled by Rebekah Mercer decided to immediately terminate my position as CEO of Parler. I did not participate in this decision,” Matze wrote. “I understand that those who now …

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Federal Court Sides With Amazon Against Parler

NPR reports: A federal judge is refusing to restore the social media site Parler after Amazon kicked the company off of its web-hosting services over content seen as inciting violence. The decision is a blow to Parler, an upstart that has won over Trump loyalists for its relatively hands-off approach to moderating content. The company sued Amazon over its ban, …

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Dem Committee Chair Asks FBI To Investigate Parler

NBC News reports: The head of the House oversight committee asked the FBI on Thursday to conduct a review of the social media platform Parler, which advertises itself as an alternative to more mainstream sites that have banned some far-right extremists. The committee’s chair, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., wrote to FBI Director Chris Wray asking him to look at how …

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Parler Gets Its Homepage Only Back Online

CNN reports: Parler’s website suddenly reappeared online Sunday afternoon with a message from its CEO, John Matze: “Hello world, is this thing on?” The message, dated January 16, implies that the social network popular with members of the far right has found a new online hosting platform, after Parler was booted from Amazon Web Services on January 10 in the …

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Amazon Releases Violent And Racist Parler Posts

ABC News reports: Amazon Web Services has responded to Parler’s lawsuit against it with a series of screenshots of hateful content — loaded with threats of violence and racial slurs — that allegedly spread on the platform, in new court filings. One screenshot of a Parler post features a slew of racial slurs about Michelle Obama and another states, “The …

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Parler CEO Says Site May Never Get Back Online

Reuters reports: Social media platform Parler, which has gone dark after being cut off by major service providers that accused the app of failing to police violent content, may never get back online, said its CEO John Matze. As a procession of business vendors severed ties with the two-year-old site following the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week, Matze …

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GPS Data Shows Hundreds Of Parler Users At Capitol

Gizmodo reports: Gizmodo has mapped nearly 70,000 geo-located Parler posts and on Tuesday isolated hundreds published on January 6 near the Capitol where a mob of pro-Trump supporters had hoped to overturn a democratic election and keep their president in power. The data shows Parler users posting all throughout the day, documenting their march from the National Mall to Capitol …

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