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Capitol riots and Parler ban rile up Brazil’s far-right extremists

The app — banned by Apple, Amazon, and Google — was a favorite of far-right groups in Brazil, who speak of a "plot to silence conservatives"

Capitol riots and Parler ban rile up Brazil's far-right extremists
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At the beginning of the week, social media platform Parler made it to the top of Twitter’s trending topics in Brazil after the network’s app was banned by Apple, Amazon, and Google. Popular among the American alt-right, Parler was adjudged not to have taken sufficient action to curb posts inciting violence in the U.S.

Soon after, Parler went offline. Supporters of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro — who had helped promote the social network in the country — took to Twitter and Facebook to protest, speaking of a “plot to silence conservatives around the world.”

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