Unravel the viral misinformation and explain where it came from, the damage it is causing and what we need to do about it.
For five days in early November, Parler was the most downloaded application in the United States
But a month later, the app’s popularity has plummeted as downloads and the number of daily active users have dropped dramatically – and now even some of the most influential people in the QAnon community are criticizing it.
Speaking’s sudden rise to the top of the download rankings has coincided with a crackdown on election misinformation on mainstream platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Many prominent figures in the pro-Trump right-wing world – people like the right-wing commentator
Dan Bongino (who is also an investor in the company), conservative radio host Mark Levin and Fox News host Sean Hannity – have urged their subscribers to ditch these sites and open an account on Talk. And millions of people followed them.
The company announced on Nov. 12 that its membership had nearly doubled since the election a week earlier, from 4.5 million to 8 million.
But once people got there they thought it wasn’t really fun.
The platform advertises itself as “an impartial and free speech social media focused on protecting user rights”, but in reality it has become an echo chamber for right-wing ideologies and extremist views. Many conservatives have grown weary of Talking because there is no one to argue with from an opposing point of view.
And this disillusionment is supported by hard data.
According to figures from app analytics firm App Annie, Talk went from being the first app in the Android app store in the United States on November 6 to number 587 a month later on December 6.
The app has rebounded somewhat since then, but on Thursday the app still didn’t make the top 150 daily app downloads in the United States.
Apptopia figures confirm a significant drop in interest in Speaking. On Monday, the app was only downloaded 20,000 times, compared to a peak of 340,000 in a single day in November.
And those who have already installed the app also use the app less. Apptopia’s Daily Talk usage statistics show that daily active users fell from a peak of 2.9 million a few weeks ago to 2.3 million this week, a drop of more than 20%.
“Data trends look like a fad, and short lived at that, ”Adam Blacker, vice president of ideas at Apptopia, told CNN. “Talking had a really good spike. People were interested, it’s in the news, it’s getting downloads … But it appears, in our data, that there is no endurance.
In addition to the lack of “bookstores to own” on Parler, there are other issues with the site that are contributing to the site’s decline in popularity.
The site’s reputation took a hit at the end of November when it was revealed that it was financially supported by the Mercer family, whose previous data collection and social media efforts included Cambridge Analytica.
The site also struggled to keep up with the massive influx of traffic. It crashed multiple times and many features did not work as expected.
He also saw an influx of pornography, something that the site cannot handle automatically because it does not use the same detection algorithms as other platforms to identify and delete these messages. This leaves it to users to report violations of Parler’s content policies.
And this lax moderation could cause even greater problems for Parler.
Chief Operating Officer of Parler confirmed to Washington Post last week that the site didn’t have an automated system in place to detect child abuse footage, even though the technology has been around for a decade and is something all the other big platforms have in place.
And now even QAnon seems to be abandoning the site.
Ron Watkins, the administrator of the 8kun website where the anonymous QAnon leader posts updates, has repeatedly spoken out against the site’s security and posted several tweets on Wednesday and Thursday highlighting the issues.
Part of Watkins’ problem with Talking stems from someone creating a verified account on the site under his name, which shouldn’t happen because Talking requires users to submit scans of documents like passports or cards. driver’s license to get a verified account.
But Watkins isn’t alone in criticizing Parler’s security and privacy policies, with several security experts pointing out that the platform collects a huge amount of personal information about users – including, in some cases, Social Security numbers – which Parler then claims ownership.
Many top QAnon figures have opened accounts on Talk in recent months, following the crackdown on QAnon content on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, but Watkins’ anger at Talk could see those accounts abandoning the platform altogether. also quickly, as QAnon continues to seek a permanent position. home online.