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Parents' Guide to

Parler

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Twitter clone for conservatives promotes conspiracy sources.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free News
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

Glitches and errors

The site contains racism and nudity and supports false information. a lot of tags such as #proudboys
age 17+

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Unclear whether data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This "safe space" for those with conservative views also features sources that promote dangerous conspiracy theories that are not supported by facts. Political views aside, the app is largely a clone of Twitter's layout and features, only with a more generic layout. It's bland looking for now, but the focus is on the content -- and in steering people to follow leaders in the conservative party (both media and in Congress).

What's most concerning is how the platform embraces sources that have a history of disseminating conspiracy theories, such as Infowars, which had 217,000 followers at the time of our review. There's no vetting of information, and that creates an echo chamber that gives parties seeking to sow discord an incubator. This is a site where it's definitely worth the time to read the community guidelines before you agree to them. And because asking for pictures of ID and social security numbers is an extraordinary step for any social media company, parents definitely want to be wary should their kids hope to raise their profile here.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 10, 2020
  • Category: News
  • Publisher: Parler LLC
  • Version: 2.34
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: April 19, 2021

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