Parler, the self-proclaimed “free speech platform” widely criticized for embracing conspiracy theorists and far-right extremists, on Wednesday criticized Twitter for allowing Taliban accounts to remain on the site as the group seizes control of Afghanistan.
Parler issued a statement in which it called on Twitter to ban all Taliban accounts it has so-far allowed to remain active.
While Facebook and YouTube have both said the Taliban are banned from their platforms in accordance with U.S. sanctions policies, Twitter has shied away from a blanket rule, but has said it takes down individual pieces of violent content.
Parler compared Twitter’s lack of sweeping action on the Taliban to its censorship of figures like former President Donald Trump, who was permanently banned from the site in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Echoing criticisms raised by conservatives, Parler accused Twitter of “a spotty record” when “it comes to banning accounts,” accusing the site of banning and censoring “mostly conservatives” for “deviating from Twitter’s preferred narratives on everything from election integrity to the origins of Covid-19.”
“Violent terrorist organizations, by definition, are uninterested in the free exchange of ideas and have no place in the public square,” Parler said of the Taliban in its statement.
“This isn’t a difficult decision,” George Farmer, Parler’s CEO, said in a statement. “Terrorists should not be given free rein on social media. It really is that simple.”
A Twitter spokesperson responded to the criticisms, telling Forbes the company has “nothing to add” on whether new action will be taken against Taliban accounts. “Twitter’s top priority is keeping people safe, and we remain vigilant,” the spokesperson said. “We’re also witnessing people in the country using Twitter to seek help and assistance,” the spokesperson said.”
Parler, a platform launched in 2018 as an alternative to mainstream social media sites, was largely driven offline in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection following reports it was used to coordinate violent action. The site’s leadership denied responsibility for the attack, later highlighting that it sent dozens of warnings to the FBI ahead of the attack at the U.S. Capitol. After it was shut down by its service providers, Parler made alternative hosting arrangements and returned to the Apple App Store in May after adding new content filters.
After a frenzy around the 2020 election, Parler app downloads dropped to 11,000 as of June from 517,000 in December, according to data obtained by Axios.
Twitter likely to roll out ‘Reactions’ feature soon
After unveiling several features this year, micro-blogging site Twitter is reportedly readying new features, including Reactions, Downvotes and Sorted Replies for iOS users.
According to reverse engineer Nima Owji, the Reactions feature, which started being tested a couple of months ago, is set to launch soon, reports 9To5Mac.
With four new reactions, “tears of joy,” “thinking face,” “clapping hands” and “crying face,” this feature is designed to give users the ability to better show how conversations make them feel and to give users “a better understanding of how their Tweets are received”.
Citing the reverse engineer, the report also mentioned that the micro-blogging site is now able to store data about the downvotes feature, which is another indicator that this function will be released sooner rather than later.
The report also notes that the company changed the downvote position as well. It has even added a new tab explaining how downvotes work.
This month, the company has rolled out its in-app tipping feature to all Android users above the age of 18, following the iOS launch in September.
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Posts on Twitter over the last several hours have shown users experiencing the bug, with some sharing frustrations that the app is requiring them to log back into Twitter upon every app launch. While some of the reports lack the specificity that the bug is happening on iOS devices, it seems likely to be the case following the acknowledgment from Twitter itself.
WHY IS TWITTER LOGGING ME OUT OF ALL OF MY ACCS???? I HAVE 8 TWITTER ACCS AND DO YOU KNOW HOW HAED TO LOG IN ALL OF THEM???????? IVE BEEN DOING IT 2 TIME ALREADY SINCE OCTOBER
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I almost got a heart attack when I tried to get in my Twitter and it wanted me to log in?? I never logged out 😭😩😭
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Users impacted by the bug are advised to ensure they’re running the latest Twitter version from the App Store and monitor the company’s support account for updates.
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