Jeb Bush’s Room Rater ‘joke’ shows conservatives’ mistrust of Twitter

  • Former Florida governor Jeb Bush had a Twitter feud with Room Rater, a profile that judges on-camera interiors, accusing it of being a “hyper partisan” gimmick. 
  • Bush, who later said his comments were not serious, became the latest high-profile conservative to accuse Twitter and its users of leaning liberal. 
  • President Donald Trump has joined a chorus of conservative voices raising concern about Twitter. 
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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush this week traded barbs with a semi-well-known Twitter handle that uses TV screenshots to rate pundits’ room decor, a lighthearted scuffle that nonetheless placed Bush in company with a conservative outcry over partisan divisiveness on Twitter. 

“Are you a room rater or a hyper partisan person that is the problem? We need less hyper partisanship on backgrounds at this time for our country,” the former presidential hopeful wrote.

After

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Parler is growing but conservatives are not ready to leave Twitter

“I will no longer accept the censorship that is happening on Twitter,” she said. She would still use the site to promote her guests and TV shows, she added, but she would not “be dropping any scoops” there, and that “it is Parler where you will find real stories and the things I’m working on and my opinions on things.”

From election day until Sunday afternoon, she’s posted to Parler 118 times — and tweeted 174 times.

Since launching in 2018, Parler’s leaders have framed the social network as one of the last bastions of free speech online, building a fan base of annoyed conservatives who argue they had been silenced everywhere else.

The company said its user base has exploded since Trump’s election loss, doubling this month to more than 10 million accounts. In Apple’s app store, according to data from analytics firm Sensor Tower, Parler jumped from 1,023

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Rebekah Mercer is funding Parler, the social-media app touted by Republican politicians and pundits that conservatives are flocking to



Robert Mercer et al. posing for the camera: Rebekah Mercer and her father, Robert Mercer, have funded conservative causes in the past, and were among the most influential backers of President Donald Trump in 2016. Patrick McMullan/Getty Images


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Rebekah Mercer and her father, Robert Mercer, have funded conservative causes in the past, and were among the most influential backers of President Donald Trump in 2016. Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

  • At least one member of the Mercer family is funding Parler, the social media app touted by Republican politicians and pundits, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Parler CEO John Matze confirmed to The Journal that Rebekah Mercer has been one of the top investors in the company since its founding in 2018.
  • “John and I started Parler to provide a neutral platform for free speech, as our founders intended,” Mercer wrote in a post on the site following The Journal report.
  • Mercer and her father, Robert Mercer, have funded conservative causes in the past, and were among the most influential backers of President Donald Trump in 2016.
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The Technology 202: YouTube alternative Rumble highlights conservatives’ move to more hands-off social networks

Rumble chief executive Chris Pavlovski tells me in an interview the company has seen a surge in new users since Election Day. He anticipates the company will close out the month with about 80 million unique users, up from about 60 million in October and 40 million midsummer. The company’s app has been installed about 375,000 times in the last seven days, according estimates from data firm Sensor Tower. That’s a 12 percent increase over the number of installs the company was seeing in the seven days leading up to the 2020 election, the firm says. 

Rumble has decided to take a far more hands-off approach to content moderation than others. 

Pavlovski describes his approach to content moderation as similar to the larger tech companies “ten years ago.” Rumble’s terms of service prohibit certain forms of obscene content, such as pornography, nudity or child exploitation, as well as videos

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Conservatives Flock To ‘Alt’ Social Media In US Election Dispute

Conservatives backing President Donald Trump’s claims of election malfesance have sparked a migration to alternative social media sites which have refrained from filtering unverified claims.

The shift has boosted right-wing favorites like Parler, Newsmax and Rumble which have rejected the approach of Facebook and Twitter in labeling and limiting the reach of conspiracy theories.

Parler, founded in 2018, saw more than 3.3 million downloads from Apple and Google marketplaces since November 3 to reach 7.3 million installs globally, according to market tracker Sensor Tower.

Large gains were also seen for other conservative-friendly services such as Newsmax — which Trump himself endorsed — as well as MeWe and Rumble.

These sites have left up Trump’s claims of manipulation of election results in states he lost.

While alternative social networks have seen ephemeral gains in the past, the post-election trend “has reached more mainstream conservatives” who are frustrated with the large internet

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Conservatives Flock To Parler App; Claim Censorship On Facebook And Twitter : NPR

Parler bills itself as a “free speech” social network and puts few restrictions on what users can post.

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Parler bills itself as a “free speech” social network and puts few restrictions on what users can post.

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Maria Bartiromo, the Fox Business host, declared herself done with Twitter two days after the election.

She tweeted a link to an article that falsely claimed Democrats were trying to steal the election. Twitter hid the post behind a label warning that it contained misleading content. Twitter also notified Bartiromo that someone had complained about her account (even though it did clarify she had not violated any rules and it was taking no action against her).

For Bartiromo, the label was the last straw.

“This is the same group who abused power in 2016,” Bartiromo

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Parler downloads jump as conservatives flock to the Twitter clone after Biden win

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Trump’s reelection campaign joined the social media app Parler in 2018.


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Twitter and Facebook have cracked down on political misinformation by adding labels to posts including those shared by President Donald Trump, who lost his bid for reelection to Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Now conservatives are flocking to Parler, an alternative social network. 

Over the weekend, high-profile conservatives urged others to join Parler after major news outlets projected Biden’s victory. “Twitter has aided the Democrat Party in stealing this election and now everything Trump says is being silenced. Tell everyone you know to get on Parler,” far-right provocateur Laura Loomer told her more than 687,000 followers on Parler on Saturday.

Twitter and Facebook, which have repeatedly denied allegations of conservative bias, suspended Loomer from their platforms for violating their rules. Twitter permanently suspended Loomer in 2018 after she falsely tweeted that Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of

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Conservatives find home on social media platforms rife with misinformation.

Among tweets containing baseless claims about election results, Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo echoed a rallying cry of many prominent conservative voices in a tweet shortly after Election Day: “I will be leaving [Twitter] soon and going to Parler. Please open an account on @parler right away.”



a screen shot of an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Amid rising turmoil in social media, alternative social network Parler is gaining with prominent political conservatives who claim their voices are being silenced by Silicon Valley giants.


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Amid rising turmoil in social media, alternative social network Parler is gaining with prominent political conservatives who claim their voices are being silenced by Silicon Valley giants.

Others who’ve been active on the alternative social network Parler in recent weeks include Fox News host Sean Hannity, radio personality Mark Levin, far-right activist Laura Loomer, Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Devin Nunes. Eric Trump also has an account verified by Parler as does Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

A substantial number of users have followed these voices onto the platform, fueled by complaints over actions major social media platforms have

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