Pro-Trump Accounts Move to Parler After Meme-Maker Suspended From Twitter

Right-wing social media users claim to be flocking to a platform called Parler to escape enforcement or alleged censorship on Twitter.

The apparent exodus comes after a Twitter account that created a meme video shared by president Trump last week claimed to have been permanently suspended from the Jack Dorsey-led platform, amid a copyright dispute over the clip.

The person behind the account, which uses the handle Carpe Donktum, said they were sent a suspension notice a few hours after receiving a takedown request tied to the footage. Their message was given a signal boost by Donald Trump Jr.

Carpe Donktum wrote: "Twitter has not provided me with any avenue to get my account back, so I assume they intend this to be final and permanent.

"I have always complied with DMCA takedown rules, and I have submitted counter claims when necessary, but I have never uploaded content that has been removed.

"I have abided by the... guidelines, and followed the rules. It doesn't matter. I have been banned for being effective and they won't even look me in the eye as they do it."

The person behind the account has shifted to the Parler app, where they have continued to post about the suspension and Twitter's handling of the situation.

"I am being told that Twitter executives are claiming that I have reached some sort of maximum limit of copyright strikes. If this is true, why is there no transparency in this system?" they questioned, adding another post: "If I had punched that white todler instead of made a meme about him, all of this could have been avoided."

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the account, which had more than 250,000 followers, was "permanently suspended for repeated violations" of copyright policy.

The clip shared by the president, purporting to show a "racist baby," was removed from Facebook and Twitter after a legal request by one of the children's parents.

Other Twitter users cited the suspension of far right commentator Katie Hopkins and the repeated flagging of Trump's rule-violating tweets as a reason for their leaving. Some accounts tagged Trump's account, appealing to him to also make the move.

Yesterday, Twitter announced that it had placed a "public interest notice" on one of the president's tweets for violating its policy against abusive behavior.

Devin Nunes, ranking member of the House Select Intelligence Committee, has tweeted multiple times in support of the little-known social media rival this week.

"Parler will set you free!," he wrote, later tweeting an image of the brand trending on Twitter, captioned: "Sometimes even the best algorithms don't work..."

According to its website, the Parler network is "unbiased social media focused on real user experiences and engagement" that allows free expression "without violence and a lack of censorship." The platform says it won't share users' data.

Upon signing up, Newsweek was given the option of personalizing a profile by following websites including Breitbart News, The Epoch Times and the Daily Caller.

First-time sign-ups are also asked if they want to follow users active on the platform, including Eric Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Laura Loomer and Dan Bongino.

According to Forbes, the Parler social network was founded in 2018 and claims to have more than 1 million users. It recently released a "Declaration of Internet Independence," an appeal urging people to abandon Twitter using the hashtag #Twexit.

"This Tech Tyrant has banned millions... for their political ideology. They manipulate their platform to hide information. They shadow ban, trick and deceive," it read.

In one of his most recent posts, Parler CEO John Matze criticised media coverage of his network while praising an article published by the Alex Jones-led Infowars. In an earlier post this week, he "echoed" (retweeted) a post by Katie Hopkins.

"I'm not frustrated, surprised or upset by their fake news," Matze wrote, addressing the spike in attention. "This is a sign that we the freedom loving people are winning."

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Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump react as he concludes speaking at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Win McNamee/Getty