Parler, Twitter’s Free Speech-Focused Competitor, Sees Momentum Stall

After back-to-back weeks of more than 700,000 downloads in June, Parler’s downloads have dropped to 116,000 per week by mid-July

Parler, the two-year-old social platform aiming to be a free speech haven for disenchanted Twitter users, has seen it’s growth dramatically slow down over the last few weeks, according to data Sensor Tower shared with TheWrap.

The platform’s popularity and notoriety soared in June, after a number of right-leaning politicians and pundits, including Sen. Ted Cruz and Sean Hannity, signed up and started posting, or parleying, messages. Parler is available to anyone, but it has been embraced primarily by conservatives and independents who aren’t fans of Twitter and Facebook’s moderation policies. President Trump’s campaign, most notably, has looked at Parler as a potential alternative to the mainstays when it comes to building a new audience.

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Sean Burch

Tech reporter • • @SeanB44