It’s a really interesting clause in the Parler user agreement that most users probably don’t notice.
“TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, AND REGARD- LESS OF THE NATURE OF THE CAUSE OF ACTION, PARLER WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, OR FOR INTANGIBLE LOSSES, ARISING FROM (a) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF (OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE) THE SERVICES; (b) FROM THE ACTS OR OMISSIONS OF ANY OTHER PERSON.”
The app was launched in 2018 but saw recent popularity while Facebook and Twitter censored content at alarming rates. Because it’s a social media platform, Parler is protected by CDA 230, which shields such platforms from legal suits regarding content via the First Amendment. However, legal pundits suspect Parler, as a relatively small company, created the legal clause in their user agreement in order to avoid ever seeing a courtroom; legal and dismissive fees can be expensive even for cases brought but protected by CDA 230.
Parler provides users a new forum to discuss news and ideas. The platform has seen over one million downloads since Election Day. Conservatives and moderates frustrated with Facebook’s censorship have enthusiastically signed up for Parler. Users should continue enjoying the Facebook alternative, but know that unlike Facebook and Twitter, users foot the bill for expensive lawsuits regarding their content.