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How to sign up for Parler

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Following the 2020 U.S. presidential election, you might have heard about a platform called Parler. Positioning itself as a social network website, the service has topped the app download charts since President-elect Joe Biden was crowned the victor of the election.

But what is Parler and how do you create an account?

Founded in August 2018, the American microblogging website said it wanted to create a space for people to have free speech. According to its community guidelines, the company’s goal is to provide all members with a “welcoming nonpartisan Public Square” and provide a social platform in “the spirit of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

“We prefer that removing community members or member-provided content be kept to the absolute minimum,” the company states in its community guidelines. “We prefer to leave decisions about what is seen and who is heard to each individual.” The document, which available via the website, says that it will not decide “what will be removed or filtered, or whose account will be removed on the basis of the opinion expressed within the content.”

The platform has since seen a rise in the user base of supports of the current U.S. President Donald Trump, conservatives, and right-wing extremists. According to the BBC, these users first flocked to the social networking platform in June 2020, following misinformation being shared from accounts on COVID-19 and the killing of George Floyd. This subsequently got the accounts banned by social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Groups that support the QAnon conspiracy theory and the Proud Boys and Boogaloo Bois have also migrated to Parler, following Facebook’s ban on pages and groups that promote violence.

While it says it will not police the platform, Parler states in its guidelines that it will not “knowingly” allow people to use the platform for crime, civil torts, or other unlawful acts. It also says that it will exclude content from the social networking website if the law required it to—examples include terrorist organization promotion, child pornography, and copyright breaches.

How to get a Parler social networking account

If you’re keen to see what the fuss surrounding the website is about, here is how to create an account.

Step 1

A screenshot of the Parler homepage. The create account segment is to the right of the webpage in red.
The Parler homepage (Image: Parler)

To join Parler, you need to join via the website. The “create new account” button is positioned on the right on the page. Click on this button to start the process.
Step 2

A screenshot of the registration page for a Parler account.
The registration page to create a Parler account. (Image: Parler)

Clicking on the “create new account” button takes you to the registration page. Here, new users need to input their email, mobile phone number—making sure to select the correct country code—and choose a password, which then has to be confirmed.

Once all of this information is input, click next. Users will then be taken to the verification page where a unique code will be sent to their mobile phone via SMS. Once the information is put into the boxes, users will move forward in the signup process.

Step 3

A screenshot of the "who to follow" page.
Select who to follow after verifying your account via your mobile phone. (Image: Parler)

Users can now select which accounts they would like to follow, including publications, organizations, and influencers—these can include politicians and pundits. Once selections are made, Parler users go to the home screen.

From the home screen, users can see content associated with hashtags and send and receive messages.

There you have it, you’ve now signed up for Parler – simple, right?

UPDATE 1/11/2021 4:50 PM ET: Parler is currently offline. Parler’s CEO announced on the platform today that their entire system has been shut down, and they will be offline for the foreseeable future. Amazon Web Services removed the app from its web hosting services. parler ceo update

UPDATE 1/18/2021 9:46 AM ET: Parler has resurfaced thanks to a Russian tech company and now CEO John Matze is saying it could be up and running again by the end of January.
parler statement

UPDATE 2/16/2021 10:36 AM ET: Parler is back online. It seems the website is back, as going to Parler.com leads you to a sign-in screen. Accounts have been restored, but past posts are no longer available.

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