House Democrats are pursuing more information on the investors and creditors behind Parler, the alternative social network that has become a haven for Trump supporters and far-right extremists.
"In the weeks leading up to the assault on the Capitol on January 6, Parler users actively took to the platform to call for violence and even 'civil war,'" wrote House Oversight chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in a letter to Parler COO Jeffrey Wernick. "A recent analysis by USA Today shows a strong connection between President Trump's speech at the January 6 rally and a significant uptick in calls for violence on Parler. Immediately after President Trump exhorted his supporters to 'show strength' during his speech, the term 'civil war' surged into one of the top five most frequently used terms on Parler. One user wrote, 'Be men fight back and f*** them up. Civil war is upon us.'"
Parler bills itself as the "pro-free-speech" social network — which has disproportionately attracted Republicans who have been kicked off other social platforms for harassment, threats, and hate speech. Many Parler users were present at the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol in January, with GPS data showing a stark real-time picture of how they converged on the building.
In the wake of this, Parler has come under fire from other tech platforms, with its app being removed from Apple and Google's stores and being kicked off of Amazon's hosting servers.