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Parler hosting company's code offered up for sale online

The source code and database of DDoS-Guard, the web hosting platform of the controversial social media company Parler has apparently been posted for sale online. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the original hosting provider for the beleaguered social network, pulled the plug earlier this year over apparent insufficiencies in Parler's content moderation policy.

Study: Parler provided echo chamber for vaccine misinformation, conspiracy theories

In the early days of COVID-19 vaccine development, a new social media platform provided a place for like-minded people to discuss vaccines, share misinformation and speculate about the motivations for its development. A new study from the University of Kansas shows people flocked to Parler to discuss the vaccines in an echo chamber-type environment, and those conversations can shed light about how to communicate about vaccine efficacy during health crises.
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Parler’s Popularity Plummets As Data Reveals Little Appetite For Returning ‘Free Speech’ App Favored By Conservatives

Parler, the self-styled “free speech” social media app popular with conservatives, made a less-than-triumphant return to Apple’s App Store in May after being forced offline in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, racking up one of its worst months in more than a year and attracting fewer than 4% of the users that flocked to it in the days before it was deplatformed in January.
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Maricopa County Lawyer Demands All Documents Be Preserved, May File Lawsuit

The Arizona election auditors have returned to the Phoenix coliseum—and it looks like they nearly doubled the number of inspection tables. A lawyer representing Maricopa County sent a letter to the Arizona Senate president, demanding that all documents pertaining to the audit be preserved—implying that Maricopa County might be filing a lawsuit very soon.
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This Week in Apps: Google I/O hits and misses, Snap goes shopping, Parler returns to App Store

The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day, but now spends four hours per day on their mobile devices.
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Candace Owens’ husband becomes CEO of Parler as it returns to Apple App Store

Social media app Parler has named George Farmer, husband of Trump loyalist Candace Owens, as its new chief executive.The announcement of the appointment of the British conservative comes as the network returns to Apple’s App Store having being removed following the deadly US Capitol riot.Mr Farmer succeeds interim head Mark Meckler, who is leaving the company. Parler did not provide a reason behind the executive change.Having joined Parler in March as operating chief and previously having worked in financial services for a decade, Mr Farmer was also an active financial supporter and candidate for the UK’s Brexit Party.In a statement,...
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Parler will be hate speech–free — on iOS only

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. Parler will be nicer, but only on iOS. In March Apple blocked Parler, the “free speech”...

To get back on iOS, Parler is hiding its hate speech but not removing it

Parler, the infamous social media platform that gained popularity with Trump supporters has found a way to get its app back on the App Store for iOS devices. The platform, which was originally banned from Apple devices in January for promoting hate speech, has done just enough to hide that hate speech to comply with Apple’s standards.

Parler app makes return to Apple after ban

Parler, the social media platform popular with conservatives before being banned over its association with the January 6 US Capitol violence, made a return to Apple's online marketplace on Monday. The move comes a month after the iPhone maker said it would allow the application with updates aimed at curbing...