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News on Fringe Social Sites Draws Limited but Loyal Fans, Report Finds


Andrew Torba, chief executive of Gab, said in an email that “corporations shouldn’t resolve what people get to say online,” adding that he believed that Gab was a more popular news destination than Pew had found it to be.

Gettr said in a press release that it supported free speech and the democratic exchange of ideas online while also taking online harassment seriously. The corporate said it “has created a positive user experience that’s making social media fun again, something the dying Big Tech social media platforms cannot claim.”

In a press release, Rumble said that it allows users — 78 million a month as of August, it said — to specific themselves and that its “mission is to guard a free and open web.” The corporate added that it had strict moderation policies banning the incitement of violence, illegal content, racism, antisemitism, copyright violations and the promotion of groups designated by the U.S. and Canadian governments as terrorists, together with other restrictions.

Truth Social described itself as “the leading obstacle to Big Tech’s suppression of dissenting viewpoints on social media” and said it had not expanded to all mobile devices but was still growing fast.

Amy Peikoff, the pinnacle of policy and legal at Parler, said in a press release that offensive content or hate speech was often faraway from the corporate’s apps hosted by Apple and Google, “as required by those firms’ guidelines.” On Parler.com, users have control over the fabric of their feeds, although the corporate removes clearly fraudulent content when it’s reported, she said.

“We don’t generally try and do our users’ critical pondering for them,” Ms. Peikoff said.

Telegram and BitChute didn’t reply to requests for comment.

The sites themselves, in addition to a few of their backers, have been subject to bans. Mr. Trump began Truth Social after Facebook and Twitter, citing public safety risks, suspended him after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Parler was one in all the fastest-growing apps within the country when Amazon, Apple and Google cut it off last 12 months for hosting calls for violence across the time of the riot, causing it to vanish from the web for weeks. In March, Brazil’s Supreme Court blocked Telegram within the country over disinformation concerns but lifted the ban two days later after the service took steps to comply with the court’s orders.

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