Facebook is the largest social networking site in the world, with billions of monthly users. It has also been exposed to network outages, data breaches, and suspected privacy practices. Recently, Facebook has been criticized for putting growth above online security and allowing misinformation to be spread on the platform.
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There are, of course, alternatives to Facebook, and one of them has been famous for preaching freedom of speech. Parler has had quite a bit of a roller coaster ride since its introduction, and most recently, Kim Komando has been plagued by one of the social network’s harmful practices. Unwanted text messages.
The rise and fall (and rise?) of Parler
Parler was launched in 2018 as an anti-Twitter platform for freedom of expression, although the two social networks are functionally similar. However, unlike Twitter and Facebook, Parler does not use employees or third parties to validate and organize posts. The platform community enforces guidelines based on the FCC’s definitions of obscenity.
Shortly after its launch, Parler became the number one downloaded news app in the country. The site saw another surge when former President Trump was banned from Twitter and Facebook, and rumors spread that he had a Parler account.
Parler got a taste of the banhammer when it was removed from the Google Play Store when users were found promoting violence after the riots at the US Capitol. Apple followed suit, removing Parler from its App Store. Parler worked with Apple and was brought back to the App Store a few months later. Not yet seen a return to Google Play.
Social media account or otherwise, must remain persistent when you unsubscribe from emails or text messages. Apparently, Parler was sending the unsolicited text messages, as Kim Commando knows firsthand. She had an account that she all forgot until a few days ago when she received a text message about Parler alerts.
STOP responded to unsubscribe but got another text message two days later. I responded again with a STOP, hoping that’s the end of it. But this may not be enough.
This highlights something important for any account you have. If you don’t use it, delete it. Don’t simply remove the app from your phone. Go to the app and delete your account.
Here’s how to delete your Parler account:
- Open the Parler app and tap personal file.
- handle Settings and privacy.
- Scroll down to delete account Tap on it, then follow the onscreen instructions.
- You will need your password to complete deleting your account.
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