On Parler, MAGA’s post-election world view blossoms with no pushback

Discussion in 'Politics' started by FryDaddyJr, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    Since the election, President Donald Trump and his allies have faced fact-checks, condemnation and restrictions when trying to spread inconclusive evidence of voter fraud and leftist violence on social media.

    But over on Parler, there’s a new, millions-strong MAGA universe where conservatives are freely spreading these claims and reinforcing their belief that Democrats have stolen the election from Trump.

    beliefs of the public at large, the widely accepted reports in mainstream news outlets and the word of experts and even some government officials. There is now a robust, consequence-free echo chamber for them that confirms a worldview in which a rigged election system falsely gave Biden a victory, and leftist thugs are taking to the streets to ensure the outcome isn’t overturned. And with over 4 million new downloads since Election Day — nearly doubling the site’s user base — that echo chamber is expanding rapidly.

    “It’s fitting that it offers disaffected Trump supporters the allure of the safest of safe spaces,” said Angelo Carusone, the president of the progressive-leaning group Media Matters, which monitors far-right media across platforms. “It’s perfect because Parler provides a place free from constraint and heavily stocked up on like-minded [MAGA] heads.”

    Ever since its launch in 2018, Parler has existed in a boom-bust cycle — constantly promising to be the “free speech” alternative to places like Twitter and Facebook.

    Virtually every time there has been a blowup in the press over social media companies moderating conservative content, big-name populists would publicly proclaim they were leaving the platforms, urging their followers to follow them to Parler. Usually, however, they would return to their regular Twitter schedules and Facebook posts within weeks, engaging with their exponentially larger audiences on those platforms.

    The result was that Parler became what Trump-supporting One America News Network correspondent Jack Posobiec called a never-ending “Trump rally” — a completely pro-Trump room.

    But it was a relatively small room until the election.

    tweeted Heather Mullins, a reporter for the conservative outlet Real America’s Voice who Trump has retweeted several times since the election.

    Over on Parler, dozens of top MAGA influencers are posting debunked claims about Dominion and Smartmatic, two voting technology companies, “deleting” hundreds of thousands of Trump votes.

    And people on the site have in recent days started attacking Fox News host Tucker Carlson after he aired a segment pointing out that Sidney Powell, one of the lawyers leading Trump’s court battle to overturn the election, had refused to give him evidence to back up the Dominion claims.

    In a sign of the split between Twitter and Parler, Carlson’s takedown went viral on Twitter, while a video of Powell rebutting Carlson on Fox Business Network has spread everywhere on Parler.

    Parler also hosted dozens of videos from the Million MAGA March, the pro-Trump demonstration that took place outside the White House last Saturday. The clips were circulated in an attempt to prove the danger of antifa agents and Black Lives Matter activists attacking MAGA acolytes, calling the clashes “terror attacks.” One video in particular went viral, depicting what appeared to be left-wing activists, unprovoked, beating up a Trump supporter.

    When the same videos circulated on Twitter, others attempted to point out some missing context.

    For instance, the investigative journalist Robert Evans with Bellingcat, an outlet focused on fact-checking and examining open-sourced intelligence, noted the viral video failed to show the apparent Trump supporter first appearing “to shove, strike and threaten a number of people before being brutally assaulted himself.”

  2. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism

    Feeling threatened by what may well become an equally large megaphone, hmm?

    Advantage soon to be negated . . .
  3. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    so you're siding with stupid?
  4. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    Another echo chamber for the deplorables. It is where their fact-free universe thrives.
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  5. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism

    Twitter is stupid too . . . I'm just glad to see a platform that doesn't cater exclusively to liberal ideology.

    You should be happy about that too, but I know you're not.
  6. c jay

    c jay Well-Known Member

    One man's ballot box stuffing is another man's Russian collusion. Will all those who believe in Russian interference in the 2016 election please raise your hand, will all those who believe in ballot stuffing in the 2020 election please raise your hand. Now that almost everyone has a raised hand, don't you think it's time we fix this damn problem before 2022!
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  7. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer de omnibus dubitandum

    I’m on Twitter and Parler, I never post on Parler though, your right however, it’s a MAGA echo chamber with little to no opposition to said beliefs.
  8. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    but you're against free education
  9. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    Democratic Underground is very similar. You can't criticize the Left without getting your post deleted. Not even people like Anthony Weiner. Come on man!
  10. c jay

    c jay Well-Known Member

    It has been my experience that there is nothing more expensive than "free". Somebody, somewhere pays for it. What "free" does do is move you out of the line of accountability. It allows room for a 3rd party meddle with the details then charge what they please. Am I for education, YES. Am I for indoctrination, NO.
  11. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    If the state paid me to learn how to weld, what would they be indoctrinating me with?
  12. c jay

    c jay Well-Known Member

    No, if they taught how to run a structurally sound bead. Yes, if they point out that you are now contributing to Neo-colonialism and the industrial exploitation of marginalize peoples.
  13. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    The Indians weren't using the continent anyway. derrp.
  14. toughcoins

    toughcoins Rarely is the liberal viewpoint tainted by realism

    I'd venture that those who teach welding are hardly the indoctrinating type, FD. The activist instructors who would push their views on students don't seem to me like the type which enjoys getting their hands all that dirty.
  15. GeneWright

    GeneWright Well-Known Member

    I keep getting told I'm indoctrinated, but what I learned led to my job where I literally use dental drills to make windows to the brains of mice so I can infect them with viruses and shoot high powered lasers at them. It's uh, it gets my hands dirty.
  16. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    Welders aren't big into critical thinking, only thinking about themselves is more like it.
  17. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    This Right-wing belief in indoctrination of our youth by the education system is so fascinating because they get their news from media sources that routinely tells them that nobody else can be trusted except for them of course. You never hear Left-wing media sources say anything like that. They often quote many, many other sources while Fox for instance, says that you can only trust Fox. And these people want to talk about all the indoctrination going on in schools while ignoring the indoctrination going on in their own living rooms?

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