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Parler App Shut Down: Here’s What You Need To Know


In response to social media’s widespread bias against conservatives, a number of alternative platforms have surfaced in recent years. Among the most notable was Parler, which became an option for right-wing Twitter users.

Of course, Elon Musk has made some improvements since he acquired Twitter, but many users continued to enjoy Parler. Not anymore, though.

The site has been sold to a company that quickly shut things down entirely.

Here’s what TheBlaze reported:

Users who attempted to use the platform on April 14, 2023, were met with a press release from the new ownership, announcing the acquisition by Starboard (formerly Olympic Media), a media organization that owns BizPacReview.com and American Wire.

The company’s statement immediately takes a strong stance on the spirit of the platform, saying, “No reasonable person believes that a Twitter clone just for conservatives is a viable business any more.”

The company praised now-former CEO George Farmer for his focus on cloud storage and IT infrastructure and says that the new owners will use “advancements in AI technology” along with other new features to “begin servicing unsupported online communities.”

“The team at Parler has built an exceptional audience and we look forward to integrating that audience across all of our existing platforms.” said Ryan Coyne, CEO of Starboard.

The news quickly sparked conversation on its more mainstream clone.

Here’s more from the announcement that was posted to Parler‘s home screen:

While the Parler app as it is currently constituted will be pulled down from operation to undergo a strategic assessment, we at Starboard see tremendous opportunities across multiple sectors to continue to serve marginalized or even outright censored communities – even extending beyond domestic politics.

Advancements in AI technology, along with the existing code base and other new features, provide an opportunity for Starboard to begin servicing unsupported online communities – building a home for them away from the ad-hoc regulatory hand of platforms that hate them.

The terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed although Starboard expects the deal to be accretive by the end of Q2 2023.

The following video recaps when Ye almost bought Parler.



 

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