Online spaces in which one can freely talk of overthrowing the government in the name of Q and white supremacy are getting harder to come by. One older, random app is now reaping the benefits.

Over the last few days, both Google and Apple removed the app Parler from their app stores until it puts some content moderation in place to prevent people from, ya know, using it as a platform to plot and incite acts of treason. Amazon Web Services is even poised to deny the company access to its servers, starting Monday evening.  

Now, the number two most downloaded free app in both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store is an app called Parlor. That’s Parlor with an “o,” not an “e.” 

Coincidence? We think not. 

Confused users in search of Parler push the app 'Parlor' to top of app store charts
Confused users in search of Parler push the app 'Parlor' to top of app store charts

The parlor is a “social talking app” in which people can get on and talk with strangers about different topics. It’s been around for 10 years according to the app listing, and, Sensor Tower data indicates it had 40,000 downloads as of December 2020. Its reviews are not great, to say the least, and it looks, well, pretty porn-y.

There’s no reason this app should be getting such a big bump right now, in the first week of January 2021. But of course, we likely have confused people downloading it because they think it’s Parler with an e. So, uh…. happy Parlor-ing!

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