• Conservative social media app Parler has been downloaded nearly 1 million times since Election Day, topping app charts. A 'Stop the Steal' hashtag has 15,000 mentions

    23 days ago - By Business Insider

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    In the five days from Election Day, November 3, the conservative social media platform Parler was downloaded nearly 1 million times.
    Prominent Republicans have encouraged people to use Parler instead of Twitter and Facebook.
    On November 8, Parler took the number one spot for free iPhone apps on the US App Store - the following day, it ranked number one on Google Play for the first time ever.
    Downloads of the app rocketed just as Facebook and Twitter cracked down on election misinformation, including the "Stop the Steal" campaign baselessly claiming...
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  • The US election is too messy to be rigged, and Russia shows why

    23 days ago - By Business Insider

    A boy asleep at a watch party for Republicans in Austin, Texas, November 3, 2020.
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    The 2020 US election played out in front of the country on TV, as the decentralized, sprawling affair has been broadcast for days and nights after the voting concluded.
    Those features are two strong indications that US elections aren't rigged, as evidenced by the way Russian elections play out.
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    The 2020 election, in which Joe Biden is the projected winner , is not what a rigged election looks like. Rigged elections are...
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  • The Republican Party pumped millions into Facebook ads aimed at voter turnout in key battleground states in the week before the election

    23 days ago - By Business Insider

    A handful of examples of ads run by the Republican National Committee on Facebook in the week before the election.
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    In the run up to the 2020 election, Facebook instituted new advertising policies barring any new political ads in the week leading up to Election Day, but that didn't stop previously approved ads from being boosted and/or altered.
    Despite the new rules, the Republican National Committee was able to pour millions into existing campaigns in key battleground states in the last seven days of the race - time that fell under Facebook's ad ban.
    The RNC poured millions into...
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