Pushed Off Twitter, Extreme Right Finds Home on 'Free Speech' Social Networks

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This illustration picture shows the social media website from Parler displayed on a computer screen in Arlington, Virginia on July 2, 2020. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

In the weeks leading up to the presidential election, Twitter and Facebook drew praise from political misinformation watchdogs for attaching warning labels to misleading posts and banning accounts associated with QAnon and other extremist groups. But those moves may have breathed life into so-called "free speech" platforms like Parler, where some prominent Trump supporters have migrated. We'll talk about the rising popularity of conservative social networks and their implications for our already deeply fractured national political discourse.


Arielle Pardes, senior writer, WIRED

Renee DiResta, research manager, Stanford Internet Observatory