Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have taken the toughest steps yet to counter allegations that their platforms are being used to incite conspiracy theories, misinformation and violence after a mob broke into the U.S. Capitol last week at a Trump rally . Have rights users felt vicious and moved to alternative locations like Parler, aided by Rebekah Mercer, daughter of hedge fund investor Robert Mercer. A rush to the site late last year made Parler the most downloaded app following President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Trump, who was permanently banned from Twitter, said he could build his own social platform. “We’re not being silenced,” he said in a Twitter post from the president’s official account, which has since been removed.
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Andrew Torba, Gab’s chief executive officer, said the social network gained 600,000 new users in the early hours of Monday alone after Parler was taken offline by Amazon network Services. As of April 2020, the site had 1.16 million registered accounts and 3.7 million monthly unique users.
In addition to the social network, Gab has a “Dissenter” web browser that blocks ads, a goods store that sells T-shirts that say “Delete Silicon Valley” and a Gab Pro subscription website.
Some of Gab’s most popular groups are for Trump supporters, QAnon and ‘Stop the Steal,’ some with more than 100,000 members. Gab was funded by its founders, users, premium subscriptions, and crowdfunding. Torba owns most of the company and controls 80% of the voting shares.
Channels with the names of Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. have hundreds of thousands of followers on the encrypted messaging app Telegram. The company, founded by Russian-born entrepreneur Pavel Durov, raised $ 1.7 billion in 2018 to create its own cryptocurrency. This project was eventually abandoned after violating regulators. Vedomosti newspaper reported that billionaire Roman Abramovich and businessmen David Yakobashvili and Sergei Solonin were among the investors. On Sunday, Trump Jr. shared a list of links to other Conservative accounts like Right Side Broadcasting Network, PragerU, and Turning Point USA, as well as groups like a Trump Supporters Channel.
The app, which competes with Facebook’s WhatsApp and has about 7 million monthly active users in the US, saw its downloads spike to more than 133,000 per day on Sunday, from a common range of around 34,000 to 60,000 apptopia.
Canadian YouTube competitor, calling itself a “censorship-free video platform,” is used by conservative commentators including Sean Hannity, the Daily Caller, Dinesh D’Souza, the One America News Network and Steve Bannon. Commentators on the site’s top news video on Monday morning, a Fox News interview on the parler ban with Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, expressed indignation and discussed an impending “civil war”. The website was founded in 2013 by Chris Pavlovski and has 50 million unique users per month.
The social networking site founded by Mark Weinstein advertises their privacy information and does not endorse ads. More than 1 million new users have signed up on the website in the past 72 hours. According to a spokesman, there are currently more than 20,000 members per hour. “People are leaving Facebook and Twitter in droves because they are tired of the relentless data breaches, surveillance capitalism, targeting, political bias and newsfeed manipulation by these companies,” spokesman David Westreich said in an email.
Its political pages include groups that approve of QAnon, such as the Great Awakening and the Great Awakening Patriots of the Empowered Citizen Institute, a group that has been banned from Twitter. The company ranked fourth on Apple’s App Store two days after calling the U.S. presidential race for Biden. MeWe raised $ 5.2 million in 2018 from investors including Lynda Weinman, who sold Lynda.com to LinkedIn in 2015, writer Marci Shimoff, Rachel Roy, and Chicken Soup for soul creator Jack Canfield.
2nd1st was created by Howly Inc. and features uncensored news. His app says, “We mustn’t give in to advertisers or cancel the culture.” The app costs £ 9.99 for a subscription in the UK. The app’s top posts on Monday included models of Jesus standing behind President Trump, vague warnings of a revolution or event that will change history associated with Trump, and skepticism about the requirements to wear masks, to prevent this Covid19.
Aside from MeWe, none of the companies listed here responded to a request for comment. A representative for 2nd place could not be found and an email address for Gab’s press office appeared to be incorrect.