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Parler is back! Seems a bit buggy, but free speech always was. At the moment I can get it on Chrome using my phone, but not on the laptop.
I’ve occasionally toyed with the response I might give when someone is upset that I’m on Parler. I imagine some statement of dismay from a friend or co-worker, something like, “You mean you’re on that website that has extremists, that internet playground for conspiracy theorists?” I lean towards a response along the lines of, “Yes, I’ve been on Facebook for some time.”
It’s not like there aren’t abortion-to-the-point-of-birth-and-maybe-a-little-bit-after extremists, people with extreme socialist views on economic policy, and various other extremists favorable to the left on Facebook and Twitter–alongside the people who actually planned the January 6 acts of evil. One difference is that the left-wing extremists are more mainstream on the left than right-wing extremists are on the right, but the main difference seems to be simply that Big Tech likes them more.
And conspiracy theories? Well, it’s not like there aren’t right-wing conspiracy theorists on Facebook. But what gets me is the left-wing conspiracy theories that are not only mainstream Democrat positions but are also perfectly welcome on Facebook–“Bush lied about WMD” and Russian collusion.
I’ve met one Q-Anon guy on Parler that I know of; at least, I think he is, based on the overlap between things he says and things I’m vaguely aware that Q-Anon confusedly says. At least he cares about small children and recognizes that all human beings matter. His heart appears to be in the right place. If Parler can be a soul-destroying cesspool of hate, I haven’t noticed it yet. I’ve been splashed by the waters of that cesspool on Facebook a few times, and, as for Twitter, well . . . Twitter just scares me.
That’s one reason I’m on Parler: It’s like a Twitter that doesn’t scare me. (Actually, I initially joined up because of Mrs. Augustine, who had recently joined. Same reason I originally joined Facebook.)
But probably the biggest reason I aim to stay, and am glad today that Parler is back up, is that I prefer refutation to censorship for nearly every bad idea. Welcome back, Parler!Published in