It seems Americans are not on the same page about COVID-19. 25% of Americans still believe that the pandemic was planned and executed by powerful people. In this post I’ll look at how misinformation spread on Parler and correlate external domains to the conversation happening within the network.

This is part 3 of a multi-part series where I analyze data scraped from Parler before it was shut down by Amazon. …

This is the second part of a multi-part series on data I crawled from Parler’s API until it was shut down by Amazon. I got a surprising amount of attention from part 1 and sent data to quite a few researchers who emailed me. I hope to see more people using this data to investigate how social networks can serve as echo chambers for conspiracies and misinformation.

Part 2 was supposed to be about misinformation websites shared within Parler, but that’s now in part 3. …

I ran a crawler to collect hundreds of millions of posts on Parler before Amazon shut them down for hosting hate speech, conspiracy theories, threats of violence, and misinformation.

Users could only search posts on Parler (called “Parleys”) by hashtags, not by the text content within the post itself. This led users to liberally apply hashtags to any Parley that they wished to disseminate widely, providing valuable metadata to researchers like myself.

For example, here is a random Parley from January 6th in Washington D.C.

#trump had to allow #mikepence to sign his own death warrant…..
#TraitorPence #GITMO #firingsquad


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