What is Parler?
Posted on 23.12.2020.
Parler is an American microblogging and social networking service launched in August 2018. Parler has a significant user base of Donald Trump supporters, conservatives and many others.
Journalists have described Parler as an alternative to Twitter, and the service is popular among people who have been banned from mainstream social networks or oppose their moderation policies.
Parler has not publicly disclosed the identities of its owners besides founder John Matze. Rebekah Mercer, an investor known for her contributions to conservative individuals and organizations, has been described as an investor in and co-founder of the company, and conservative political commentator Dan Bongino has said he is an owner.As of November 2020, the service had about 4 million active users and over 10 million total users.
John Matze and Jared Thomson founded Parler (French: parler, lit. 'to speak') in Henderson, Nevada in 2018. After the Wall Street Journal reported in November 2020 that conservative investor Rebekah Mercer had funded Parler, Mercer described herself in a Parler post as having "started Parler" with Matze, and CNN listed Mercer as a co-founder of the company.
Matze is the company's chief executive officer and Thomson serves as the chief technology officer. Both are alumni of the University of Denver computer science program, and some other Parler senior staff also attended the school.