It took a lot of years of us constantly complaining, but it looks like we’re finally doing it — conservatives are migrating to alternative platforms for their social media needs. And we’ll be the first to say — it’s about time.
In the days after the election, scores of high-profile conservative figures announced that they would be moving their accounts to Parler, a social media platform that says it is committed to unmitigated free speech. It didn’t take long for the likes of CNN to label the service as some sort of forum for white nationalists. That doesn’t seem to be deterring people, however. It seems conservatives have accepted that this is the treatment they’ll get from the media no matter what they do.
The transition from Big Tech to what has lovingly been referred to as “alt tech” has been a slow burn since 2016 — when sites like Facebook were blamed for the rise of Donald Trump and his presidential victory during that year. Facebook, Twitter, and other Silicon Valley giants then pulled a hard turn at the behest of their Democratic Party masters, and began de-ranking, censoring, demonetizing, and effectively erasing voices that spoke out against the cultural establishment. And while voices like ours spoke out against the injustice, we weren’t quite able to commit ourselves to dropping the services entirely.
And let’s be fair here — this is still an ongoing process. For larger conservative sites that have been able to push off the influence of leftist censors for now, it might still make sense to continue using those platforms to reach potential viewers. But as we’ve seen over the years, it won’t last. Simply sharing a potentially “edgy” meme or even a news article from the New York Post is enough to get your profile muted or even permanently banned.
Remember: Jack Dorsey still hasn’t apologized for post-blocking the New York Post for daring to share a negative story about Hunter Biden. And with the likelihood of a Biden presidency, there’s no reason to expect Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, or anyone else in Silicon Valley to have a sudden change of heart now that Evil Orange Hitler has been voted out of office. This propaganda war is going to continue indefinitely.
So, where are conservatives going? Parler — which seems to be an “alternative Twitter” — is getting most of the attention right now (read: blatant character assassination), but this isn’t the first new site to inspire a conservative exodus. Earlier on in the Trump era, sites like Gab and BitChute had a similar impact.
The longevity of these services obviously remains to be seen. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago when Facebook and Twitter billed themselves as places where free speech would not be touched. All it took was a few years of political pressure from the right people to change their business model.
Here’s Mark Dice with more on the story.