Free Speech Platform Parler Knocked Offline as Big Tech Clamps Down

Free Speech Platform Parler Knocked Offline as Big Tech Clamps Down


President Donald Trump has been booted from most mainstream social media platforms following the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. But it remains to be seen how fast or where on the internet he will be able to reach his tens of millions of supporters.

The free speech-friendly Parler, a favorite of conservatives, had been the leading candidate, at least until Google and Apple removed it from their app stores and Amazon booted it off its web hosting service just after midnight Pacific time early Monday.

Parler’s CEO said the move could knock it offline for a week, though that might prove optimistic. And even if it finds a friendlier web-hosting service, without a smartphone app, it faces an uphill battle to reach new users.

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The platform says it has more than 12 million users, while the mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower puts the number at 10 million

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