Social media has never been more popular, and new platforms seem to be launched often. Not all of them make it past the initial release, though. Take Parler as an example. Beyond the flurry of new users at launch, it was eventually pulled from various app stores.
Billing itself as an alternative to Twitter, it was created based on liberty and free speech, offering community-regulated policies. But Parler was accused of promoting the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riots before being pulled from mainstream app stores.
Is there a place online for a platform focused on free speech? Read on to see why this new Twitter alternative thinks so.
Here’s the backstory
You might not have heard about it, but Gettr recently gained 1 million users thanks to podcast host Joe Rogan. Looking beyond Parler and Twitter, the microblogging site strikingly resembles the latter.
It has a similar feed where you can scroll through posts of people you follow. The same as Twitter, you can also comment, like, or share any particular post. But some differences set it apart:
- The character limit is 777, as opposed to Twitter’s 280.
- Has sharper and clearer images.
- Ability to post videos up to 3 minutes long. Twitter only allows for 140 seconds.
- Users can live-stream for up to an hour.
- You can attach up to six images per post, where Twitter only allows for four.
- Features a verification system, similar to Twitter.
One significant difference: it’s the brainchild and creation of former President Trump adviser Jason Miller.
Miller was the chief spokesman for the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign. He also served as vice-president at the advertising firm Jamestown Associates and left his position as Trump’s spokesman to focus on Gettr.
The platform’s About section explains that Gettr “champions free speech, rejects cancel-culture, and promotes an uplifting, inspiring platform for all.” It also claims to be the “fastest-growing social media platform in history” by reaching a million users a few days after launch. It recently hit 3 million users.
What you can do about it
Political agendas aside, the platform aligns itself closer to Parler than Twitter. Where the latter has taken steps in the past to mute, suspend, or ban users, Gettr aims to “combat censorship and give back freedom of speech to online users.”
It refers to other social media platforms as having a “tyrannical overreach” from the “Silicon Valley Mafia.” It certainly has the same leanings as Parler and appeals to the same demographic. But it might just have what it takes to surpass the ill-fated platform.