Pew: Links shared by prominent accounts on Twitter differ widely from those shared on alternative social media

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Links shared by prominent accounts on Twitter differ widely from those shared on alternative social media. “Established social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter differ in key ways from alternative social media sites such as Parler and Truth Social, a recent Pew Research Center study found. And these differences extend to the kinds of links that are shared by prominent accounts on each type of social media site, according to a new Center analysis.”

The Verge: Parler’s parent company has laid off a majority of its staff

The Verge: Parler’s parent company has laid off a majority of its staff. “Parlement Technologies, the parent company of ‘censorship-free’ social media platform Parler, has laid off a majority of its staff and most of its chief executives over the last few weeks. The sudden purge of staff has thrown the future of Parler, one of the first conservative alternatives to mainstream platforms, into question.”

Rolling Stone: Russian Trolls Made Fake Kid Rock Fan Accounts — and Fooled Donald Trump Jr.

Rolling Stone: Russian Trolls Made Fake Kid Rock Fan Accounts — and Fooled Donald Trump Jr.. “Researchers found Russian-linked fake accounts posing as authentic American conservatives cross-posting content to personas on Truth Social, Gab, and Gettr. While right-wing social platforms like Gab and Parler have previously played host to Russian influence operations, the report marks the first documented case of Russian meddling on Truth Social, the social media app founded by Trump.”

The Verge: The ugly business logic behind Kanye West’s Parler acquisition

The Verge: The ugly business logic behind Kanye West’s Parler acquisition. “According to a source familiar with the discussions, Parler’s parent company, Parlement, has been trying to offload its social media platform to potential buyers over the last few weeks. One prospective buyer described Parlement’s asking price for the platform as wildly inflated, and said they were stunned by the site’s low number of daily active users.”

Pew: The Role of Alternative Social Media in the News and Information Environment

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): The Role of Alternative Social Media in the News and Information Environment. “These newer sites have created a small but satisfied community of news consumers, many of whom say one of the major reasons they are there is to stay informed about current events, according to a new Pew Research Center study. The study included a survey of U.S. adults along with an audit of seven alternative social media sites – BitChute, Gab, Gettr, Parler, Rumble, Telegram and Truth Social – and a detailed analysis of prominent accounts and content across them.”

Axios: Google brings Parler back to Google Play Store

Axios: Google brings Parler back to Google Play Store. “A year and a half after it was removed from Google’s Play Store, Parler, a Twitter alternative that attracts conservatives, has returned to the showcase for Android apps. Why it matters: Google removed Parler following the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, which was incited by misinformation and violent speech online.”

CNET: Parler is back on Apple’s App Store

CNET: Parler is back on Apple’s App Store. “Conservative social media service Parler is once again available on Apple’s iOS App Store after being after being taken down following the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. The updated version of the app includes ‘enhanced threat and incitement reporting tools,’ according to its App Store listing.”

BBC: Parler set to return to Apple’s App Store

BBC: Parler set to return to Apple’s App Store. “Apple is to allow the controversial social media app Parler, a popular platform with far-right supporters, back onto its App Store. The app was pulled following the deadly US Capitol riots on 6 January. In a letter to two Republican lawmakers on Monday, Apple said Parler had made updates to its app and content moderation policy that would lead to it being reinstated.”

Mashable: Parler is trying to throw Facebook under the bus for the U.S. Capitol riots

Mashable: Parler is trying to throw Facebook under the bus for the U.S. Capitol riots. “In early February, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform asked social media platform Parler to produce information regarding its finances and potential ties to foreign entities. The request came in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, which allegedly involved numerous Parler users. Now Parler has responded, mounting a defense that essentially boils down to: ‘We aren’t bad because Facebook is worse.’”