Maria Bartiromo Amasses Over 700K Followers on Parler After Leaving Twitter Over Accusations of Censorship

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo collected more than 700,000 followers on the conservative social media platform Parler after saying last week that she would soon be leaving Twitter.

In her initial announcement that she planned to join Parler, Bartiromo encouraged her Twitter followers to register for their own accounts so they could continue following her posts. Bartiromo has continued posting on Twitter in the days since, but she added her Parler handle to several of those posts to remind followers of where else they could find her.

By Monday afternoon, Bartiromo's Parler account showed she had amassed an estimated 727,000 followers so far.

The Mornings With Maria host's decision to leave Twitter came after the platform flagged some of the content she posted following Election Day with a message that read, "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process." Those flagged posts included allegations that Democrats were trying to "steal the election" from President Donald Trump.

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Maria Bartiromo at the Fox News studios in Manhattan on January 10. Bartiromo has encouraged her Twitter followers to follow her on Parler instead. Roy Rochlin/Getty

After days of ballot counting across the country, the Associated Press and several major networks called the race for Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Saturday. However, Trump has yet to concede, and he and many of his followers have claimed, without evidence, that voter fraud contributed to Biden's win.

In addition to flagging Bartiromo's tweets as potentially misleading, Twitter has done the same for several posts by Trump, his family members and officials within his administration. Many of the tweets flagged in this way suggest that voter fraud occurred or that Democrats either "stole" the election or manipulated the outcome in some way to block Trump from a second term in office.

Shortly before announcing her move to Parler, Bartiromo shared a video on Twitter of Parler's CEO responding to the news that Bartiromo's tweets were flagged. "Parler CEO: Transparency during election 'really important,'" Bartiromo said in the tweet accompanying the video.

Over the past couple of days, Bartiromo's Parler posts have attracted hundreds of thousands of views on the platform and thousands of comments. Many of her posts on the platform were also posted on Twitter, though her Parler posts included a link to an article highlighting Twitter's decision to temporarily censor a tweet from Republican Senator Rand Paul, as well as a question to her followers about the media's role in elections.

Parler was launched more than two years ago and gained traction among conservatives earlier this year as Twitter and other social media platforms began to more actively flag content that they deemed either factually questionable or in violation of their company policies. Though it is not strictly a political platform, several conservative legislators have accounts of their own on which they frequently post.

Newsweek reached out to Parler for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.