Social media platform Parler gets backing from Mercer family: WSJ

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(Reuters) – Social media platform Parler, which touts itself as a ‘free speech’ space, gets funding from hedge fund investor Robert Mercer and his daughter and conservative activist Rebekah, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

Right-wing American social media users flocked to Talk, the Telegram messaging app, and contactless social media site Gab, citing the more aggressive policing of political commentary on traditional platforms such as Twitter Inc TWTR.N and Facebook Inc FB.O.

Parler CEO John Matze, who describes himself as a libertarian, said he founded the company in 2018 as a bipartisan platform, but doubled his marketing to Tories as they embraced site.

Attendees include commentator Candace Owens, attorney for President Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani and right-wing activist Laura Loomer, who handcuffed herself to the door of the New York City Twitter office in November 2018 to protest its ban by the site.

“John and I started Speaking to provide a neutral platform for free speech, as our founders intended, and also to create a social media environment that would protect data privacy,” Rebekah said in a message on Speak.

“The ever-growing tyranny and pride of our tech lords demands that someone lead the fight against data mining and for the protection of free speech online,” she added. .

The company’s user base more than doubled to 10 million in less than a week, making it difficult for its staff of around 30 to keep up with new registrations, according to the WSJ.

Report by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; Edited by David Gregorio

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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