“I will no longer accept the censorship that is happening on Twitter,” she said. She would still use the site to promote her guests and TV shows, she added, but she would not “be dropping any scoops” there, and that “it is Parler where you will find real stories and the things I’m working on and my opinions on things.”
From election day until Sunday afternoon, she’s posted to Parler 118 times — and tweeted 174 times.
Since launching in 2018, Parler’s leaders have framed the social network as one of the last bastions of free speech online, building a fan base of annoyed conservatives who argue they had been silenced everywhere else.
The company said its user base has exploded since Trump’s election loss, doubling this month to more than 10 million accounts. In Apple’s app store, according to data from analytics firm Sensor Tower, Parler jumped from 1,023 on the most-downloaded list one day before the election to No. 1 in a single week.
The loudest voices in conservative media have praised the site as a solution to the tyranny and suppression they claim to have endured on Facebook and Twitter, whose fact-check labels on posts about Trump’s loss they have slammed as more proof of Silicon Valley thought control. Bartiromo’s own endorsement came after Twitter labeled as “disputed” a tweet in which she made multiple false claims of voter fraud, including the conspiracy theory that voters had been disenfranchised through the forced use of Sharpie felt-tip pens.
But many of Parler’s biggest cheerleaders can’t seem to quit their old social media homes ― and appear to have remained just as active, if not more active, on the platforms they continue to denounce.
“Stop the Digital Inquisition! JOIN PARLER,” tweeted Dan Bongino, a Parler investor and right-wing star who consistently ranks among Facebook’s top-performing link posts nationwide, on Nov. 11, one of his 90 tweets that day — the same day he posted on Parler 51 times.
Madison Gesiotto, a pro-Trump commentator who tweeted to her 190,000 followers that she was “sick of big tech censorship,” has posted five times to Parler but 95 times to Twitter since declaring (in a tweet) that social media is “worse than ever before!”
Perhaps that’s understandable. Conservative provocateurs have mastered the art of getting attention and amplifying opinions on the very social networks they so roundly criticize. But Parler’s rise highlights how the polarized national debate could even further splinter the American Internet, in the same way that news sources and digital social circles have split into parallel partisan realities.
Robyn Caplan, who researches social media platforms at the technology think tank Data & Society, said it’s no surprise Parler appears to be flourishing in a divided America: Millions already live in a self-selected media universe, from TV networks like Fox News and Newsmax to the personalized echo chambers of Facebook and YouTube, where…