Parler shuts down as new owner says conservative platform needs big revamp

News Summary

  • "While the Parler app as it is currently constituted will be pulled down from operation to undergo a strategic assessment, we at Starboard see tremendous opportunities across multiple sectors to continue to serve marginalized or even outright censored communities—even extending beyond domestic politics," the press release said.
  • "The team at Parler has built an exceptional audience, and we look forward to integrating that audience across all of our existing platforms," Coyne said in the acquisition announcement.Parlement Technologies, the previous owner, struck a deal to sell Parler to Ye (formerly Kanye West) in mid-October.
  • "Advancements in AI technology, along with the existing code base and other new features, provide an opportunity for Starboard to begin servicing unsupported online communities—building a home for them away from the ad-hoc regulatory hand of platforms that hate them," the company said.
  • Apple and Google booted Parler from their app stores but eventually allowed it back on after Parler agreed to change its content moderation approach.Parler has said it has about 16.5 million registered users, but its active user base appears to be much smaller.
  • The platform will be back eventually, new owner Starboard says.The Parler website is now a simple page containing only today's press release announcing the acquisition, which was completed without financial terms being disclosed.
  • "No reasonable person believes that a Twitter clone just for conservatives is a viable business any more," the acquisition announcement said, promising a revamp.
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