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How to sign up for Parler

Just know that you’ll need to provide your phone number.

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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 Joe Biden was crowned the election’s victor.

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

Founded in August 2018 by Mercer, John Matze, and Jared Thomson – 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 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.”

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The document, available via the website, says 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 supporters of the previous 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.

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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 requires it to—examples include terrorist organization promotion, child pornography, and copyright breaches.

How to get a Parler social networking account

To join Parler, you need to join via the website.

To join Parler, you need to join via the website. The “create new account” button is positioned on the right of the page. Click on this button to start the process.A screenshot of the Parler homepage. The create account segment is to the right of the webpage in red.

Clicking on the “create new account” button takes you to the registration page.

Here, new users need to input their email and mobile phone number—selecting the correct country code—and choose a password, which must be confirmed.A screenshot of the registration page for a Parler account.

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.parler sign up verification code on a purple background
Users can now select which accounts they would like to follow, including publications, organizations, and influencers, including politicians and pundits. Once selections are made, Parler users go to the home screen.A screenshot of the "who to follow" page.
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?

Parler sign-up page not available?

If you are having issues with the iOS or Android app, the first step is to update your device’s operating system. This often quickly resolves the issue.

If problems continue, there are other steps you can take to try and fix why you can’t sign up for Parler:

  • First, try restarting the app. Close it and open it again to see if this fixes the problem.
  • If that doesn’t work, try restarting your device. This can help resolve any issues happening in the background.
  • Next, check your internet connection. If the app isn’t working, it may be due to a weak signal or other network issues. If you are using a VPN, try turning it off and back on.
  • If the app is still not working, try uninstalling and then reinstalling it. This can sometimes fix any underlying issues.

ℹ️ If you continue to experience problems with the app, contact Parler support at support@parler.com with a detailed description of the issue you’re experiencing.

Is creating a Parler account worth it?

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It seems like things are slowing down on the right-wing social media platform. The site has seen a significant decline in popularity compared to its competitors.

Parler had only 1,257,062 visitors in September, compared to 8,956,693 on Truth Social and 12,806,464 on Gab.

From January to December, Similarweb reported an 83% decline in web traffic on Parler and Gab, while Rumble and Twitter saw increases.

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