After Parler’s withdrawal from the main application stores – and Amazon’s servers – and the blocking of accounts and deletion of messages on Facebook and Twitter after the events that occurred in Washington last week, thousands of users are looking for alternative applications in Those that can be expressed without any moderation or that guarantee greater privacy of communications.
MeWe is the most downloaded alternative social app since the closure of Parler
This has caused a real boom in the number of downloads of alternative applications to the large social networks and instant messaging applications. Thousands of users try to find applications in which “freedom of expression” is guaranteed According to his understanding and the rankings of downloads in app stores have nothing to do with what they used to be, to the point that WhatsApp does not occupy the first positions and it is Signal that does.
However, other platforms that advocate “freer” and uncensored communication are also making their way into the top 10, according to data from app consulting firm Apptopia. These are, taking into account the trends in terms of downloads, some of the best alternatives to Parler and the like:
-MeWe: It is a social application that was founded in 2012 and whose growth has been brutal in recent days. While other generalist social networks have modified their conditions of use to adapt to the political situation in the United States and moderate the content shared by Trump and his allies, MeWe remains committed to the freedom of users when it comes to expressing themselves.
Therefore, in the last week, according to Apptopia data, it has been downloaded more than 200,000 times worldwide, especially since the total blockade of Parler occurred this Sunday. Almost 75% of downloads have occurred in the United States, although more than 50,000 have taken place in other parts of the world. In total, it is estimated that it has been installed 16 million times since its launch.
According to the company, they are registering a user increase of 200,000 per hour, having added a million new users in the last 24 hours.
-CloutHub: It is another social application, in this case of much more recent birth, as it was launched two years ago, in January 2019. It is defined as a «social, civic and political network based on freedom of speech, a platform on which all voices can be heard. ‘
CloutHub has been installed 255,000 times since its inception, but 31,000 downloads have been recorded since last week. These are not as high figures as MeWe’s, but they also represent considerable growth compared to the rate recorded in the previous months since its creation two years ago. In addition, CloutHub has just sneaked into the top 10 most downloaded apps in the Apple Store in the United States.
-Gab: According to its creators, Gab is a social network without moderation -very aesthetically similar to Twitter but with green colors- that in recent days more than 600,000 new registrations have been registered in this app that was already banned in 2019 also for not having policies moderation of user content. It is currently hosted on the servers of a private company in Seattle.
As a curiosity, many users are trying to download Parler from the application stores and, since it is banned, they download without realizing the error another called Parlor. It appears to have been downloaded more than 100,000 times in the last two days. It is also a social app, founded in 2011, which has been installed 8 million times since then. However, it does not have much to do with the eliminated Parler.