Politics - News Analysis
Far Right Twitter Alternative ‘Parler’ Hacked and Personal Information is Everywhere
Everyone reading this column knows exactly what Parler is and what its founders intended when they set it up. Some people were angry that Twitter didn’t want to be a cesspool of racism, conspiracy theories, and disgusting right-wing memes and thus Twitter policed its site and pull offensive posts. Twitter did it to protect the 95% of its users that didn’t want to see that stuff while surveying people’s posts, that’s a fairly important part of any business plan. So Twitter pulled stuff, almost all of it from the far right because, well, that’s the valley in which the cesspool boggs down.
What to do?
Why you set up a site that is the opposite of Twitter and advertise it as a “free speech site” with most of the free speech of the type that was banned by Twitter. Discussion that wouldn’t be banned on Twitter stayed on Twitter. You see, most people on Parler still had their Twitter accounts. When they could write a message that wouldn’t burst into flames, they put it on Twitter. The inflammatory shit that would infuriate most sensible people went straight to Parler, where people would appreciate “free speech,” especially that speech.
Thus, those “dual users” have an acute interest in keeping their Parler membership secret. There’s no real “good” reason to have a Parler account, not from the normal world’s view. So any problem with their privacy would be a big issue. Today they have a problem with their privacy and it’s a big issue.
I've seen what looks like legit proof of 5000 compromised Parler accounts including DM's of some well-known figures. Hackers decompiled the app, zero day exploit etc.. I wish I could unsee what I've seen.
— Kevin Abosch (@kevinabosch) November 24, 2020
Kevin Abosch is associated with the New York Times and would likely not put his reputation on the line by posting something he hasn’t confirmed.
— Parler Cringe (@ParlerCringe) November 25, 2020
So this has make quite a stir on the internet:
Oh my God
Parler required users to give their social security numbers
And now they've been hacked
This is the biggest fucking grift I've ever seen, I knew these people were stupid, but my God they gave their SSN because Twitter mods were "meanies" to them
— Contented Independent (@ContentedIndie) November 24, 2020
— Kathy🌵 (@ParisianCactus) November 24, 2020
We don’t know if Ivanka has a Parler account.
— Yoshikage Kira (@Notabit) November 24, 2020
Hi, I just gave my SSN
& a license pic
so I could make new friends
to help fight the government
from having a registry
of gun owners.#ParlerHacked
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) November 25, 2020
Can this canned ham head guy stay over there? He's a complete duffus!! pic.twitter.com/OEeARM7rQK
— 🥄 Angela Altman – Askewed Views (@altman_angela) November 25, 2020
— Dennis Caleb McCoy (@El_Brendo) November 25, 2020
Yep. Couldn’t happen to a nicer crowd.
This could, and should, destroy Parler.
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