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Parler attracted senior members of the UK government before it shut down, says report

Parler attracted senior members of the UK government before it shut down, says report

This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background.
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More than a dozen politicians from the UK's ruling Conservative party joined Parler before the social network went offline, according to The Observer.




They included Michael Gove, Chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, and foreign minister James Cleverly, the newspaper reported Sunday.




In June, Conservative lawmaker Steve Baker said he hoped Parler would lead to "competition and innovation" for social media companies, according to The Critic.




The findings indicate that conservatives' sense that mainstream tech platforms are suppressing their speech is not limited to the US.




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More than a dozen politicians from the UK's right-wing ruling Conservative party had joined Parler before the social network went offline, according to The Observer. Around 14 Tory lawmakers had profiles on the app, including senior figures such as Michael Gove, Chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, and foreign minister James Cleverly, the newspaper reported Sunday.Other MPs on the app included Ben Bradley, who has frequently run into trouble for his Twitter posts, and Brexiter Steve Baker, the newspaper reported.The findings imply that concerns about mainstream tech platforms taking action against misinformation are not limited to US conservatives.
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