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Gov. Ricketts joins two new social media platforms: Parler and Snapchat

Gov. Ricketts joins two new social media platforms: Parler and Snapchat

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LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts has expanded his social media presence to add two new platforms — Snapchat and Parler, which is attracting conservatives as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook.

In a press release issued Wednesday, a governor’s spokesman said the move will help Ricketts “keep more Nebraskans engaged and informed on the work of state government.”

Snapchat is a social messaging app popular with young people that allows users to share photographs and videos.

Parler, meanwhile, is billed as a “free speech” social messaging service that doesn’t filter posts, unlike Facebook and Twitter, which will flag posts deemed as misinformation. The app is popular with supporters of President Donald Trump, conservatives and right-wing commentators.

On Tuesday, the CEO of Parler disputed criticism that the platform could spread extreme opinions and misinformation.

“People say crazy things all the time,” Parler CEO John Matze told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “Everybody has opinions, and some of them might not be the norm. But it’s not against the law to have those opinions.”

Some conservatives have criticized Facebook and Twitter as having an anti-conservative bias. Twitter, for instance, blocked some postelection tweets by Trump about illegal votes, labeling them “misleading” and in dispute.

Prior to the November election, Parler announced that it would provide “unfiltered content” on its platform. Since the election, several conservatives have urged people to switch to Parler.

On Snapchat, Ricketts can be found at @NEGovOffice. On Parler, the governor can be found @GovRicketts.

A Parler post by Ricketts indicated that he joined the social networking service in July.


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