Parler, the social media alternative largely targeting conservatives, continues on its rapid climb.
As of Tuesday, Parler remained the top free app in Apple’s and Google’s app stores. On Nov. 9, Parler collected 880,000 installs in the U.S. from the Apple App Store and Google Play, the most downloads the app has seen in a single day, according to estimates from Sensor Tower.
During the week of Nov. 3-9, the app was downloaded more than 2 million times in the U.S. and now has roughly 4.7 million installs in the nation, according to Sensor Tower.
While the app’s membership is mainly conservative, Parler CEO and co-founder John Matze said in a statement, “We welcome all to join our platform ,which emphasizes free speech and open discourse.”
Facebook and Twitter have labeled posts that push what they deem to be baseless claims about voter fraud, but Parler has left those messages untouched on its platform. Matze says people are tired of censorship by rivals, including Twitter.
San Francisco-based Twitter has labeled or removed more than 50 of President Trump’s tweets since Election Day, leading some to claim the platform is suppressing right-leaning viewpoints.
“Parler is, of course, about free speech and making people feel like they have a voice again, which is extremely necessary right now,” Matze told “Fox & Friends” on Saturday. “But we’re so much more than just free speech, too, because people also want freedom from the data manipulators. They want change in social media in general.”
Parler, named for a discussion-friendly parlor room, is a two-year-old app dedicated, Matze says, to the promulgation of free speech. “The best thing is for everyone to engage with a bad idea and shut it down through public discourse.”
Many high-profile conservatives recently encouraged Parler membership after the projections of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.