What is Parler?
Parler’s description from the Apple App Store:
Parler is a non-biased, free speech social media focused on protecting user’s rights. Create your own community and enjoy content and news in in real time. Apply moderation tools to filter content. Empower yourself to control your social experience and be a verified member of the community!
App Category: News (This is strategic but it’s mostly a social media platform.)
Corporate website: Parler
APP Store rating:
What do parents need to know about Parler?
Is Parler safe for kids? No it isn’t. The 17+ rating in Apple’s App Store is the right spot. This is a social platform made by adults and 100% for adults. Why? Because the Community decides what stays and goes. I understand that Parler wants to be a refuge for those who are tired of political censorship, but they are trusting human nature to figure out what’s best for humans. Time will tell if this works!
In the history of the Internet, this just doesn’t tend to go well (related post: Deep Web, Dark Web Explained).
Parler makes is abundantly clear in it’s Community Guidelines (linked) that they don’t plan to delete anything:
We prefer that removing community members or member-provided content
be kept to the absolute minimum. We prefer to leave decisions about what is
seen and who is heard to each individual. In no case will Parler decide what
will content be removed or filtered, or whose account will be removed, on the basis of the opinion expressed within the content at issue. Parler’s policies are, to use a well-known concept in First Amendment law,
Parler is definitely going to be a spot for free but also some extreme thinking – from ALL sides. Conservatives might have arrived first but all ideologies have now joined with other views. Porn definitely arrived, too.
This short video will show you its features:
Screenshots from Parler:
Verification: members can become Parler Verified Citizens, which give them additional rights within the app. We have not taken this step.
The bottom line: Is Parler safe for your kids?
No. End of story. Definitely better places for kids to spend time!
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