Parler's right-hand social app raises $ 20M in funding - TechCrunch
Parler’s social media platform has raised $ 20 million in funding, according to an SEC file signed and filed on January 6, the anniversary of last year’s domestic attack on the Capitol. The app, which claims to have over 16 million registered users, describes its mission as one aimed at defending “against the authoritarian powers of Big Tech, the Big Government, and dismantling your culture. ” The app also claims to be impartial, but anti - hate groups and investigators including the League Against Defamation and the South Poverty Law Center have seen Parler's influence in the the farthest information ecosystem, from its place in the Capitol uprising to the counter-movement. false vaccine information.
Parler has not responded to a request for comment on who the new investors are, but the filing states that there are 10 non-commissioned investors in the offer. His previous angel tour - an unpublished sum - came from Rebekah Mercer's major Republican political donation. Mercer is listed as both an executive officer and a director on file. Seth Dillon, Head of the Babylon Bee conservation satire site, is also listed as a director.
The file was first viewed by Axios, who has not yet received a comment from Parler.
Parler came to prominence last year around the time of the January 6 uprising, after social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook banned former President Donald Trump from their platforms. These bans - implemented after several warnings - were about concerns that Trump was using the following to thwart the peaceful movement of a presidential power.
Inspired by Trump’s disillusionment from mainstream social platforms, many of his supporters came to Parler, who had less strict community leadership. Parler rose to No. 1 on the App Store days after the US Capitol attack but was removed from Google Play on January 8, 2022. It was not long before Amazon and Apple Parler took off from the top their platforms as well, in terms of service interruptions. The companies said the app was used by Trump supporters and other far-flung users to call out violence and plan their plans for the Capitol.
"Parler has not taken appropriate steps to address the proliferation of these threats to human safety. We have removed Parler from the App Store to resolve these issues, "Apple told TechCrunch during the ban.
John Matze, Parler's CEO at the time, posted on his Parler account that he would not cooperate with the App Store's requests for the company to submit a content enhancement development plan. But on Jan. 29, he was shot by Parler's board, controlled by Mercer. Prior to April, the app was back in the App Store under new direction from CEO George Farmer.
A farmer in a recent interview with the New York Times explained that when Parler was removed from the App Store prior to his tenure, the app had no AI methods, and that his approach to human assessment - jury system - at an early stage. , also.
Farmer, under his leadership, said Parler has implemented AI content modification, which he did not have at the time it was removed from the app store. This additional $ 20 million spill could help the app build out this filtering technology, which Parler uses in conjunction with human methods. Parler's community guidelines also now state that the app "does not disclose its use as a tool for crime, civil tort, or other illegal activities."
Parler's mobile app has been downloaded approximately 11.3 million times worldwide since its inception, according to data from Sensor Tower. Since Parler's May 2022 return to the App Store to date, the app has been downloaded just 141,000 times, the company noted. If Parler's nominal number of 16 million + registered users is correct, that would mean that most people can access Parler through their native mobile app.
Parler may soon have a new contest in TRUTH Social, Trump’s own social network that is scheduled to launch on February 21, President’s Day.