Right-Wing App Parler Has Been Downloaded More Than 4 Million Times Since the Election

After the 2020 presidential election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, downloads for the conservative-leaning social media app, Parler, have skyrocketed. According to Quartz, Parler has been downloaded four million times since November 3. It is also the second-most popular news app in the iOS App Store, right behind Twitter.

Parler has been a popular space for conservatives to post since 2018, since many prominent figures have long alleged that social media platforms try to censor their posts. However, in the wake of the divisive 2020 election, the number of downloads and users has surged. Other conservative-leaning apps, such as Rumble and MeWe, have also experienced exponential growth since Election Day.

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U.S. President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable at the State Dining Room of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Here’s how often election fraud has come up on right-wing radio talk shows.

While President Trump’s baseless accusations of election fraud are losing steam with some Republicans, interest in the topic on the biggest right-wing talk shows has only grown.

In the eight days since the election, “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” which normally has around 15 million listeners a week, has mentioned fraud, almost always in the context of the election, 204 times — or roughly 10 times more than the word came up in the eight days before the election, according to a New York Times analysis of transcripts of Mr. Limbaugh’s show. The analysis was based on a tool called RadioSearch, which was developed by the Media Lab at M.I.T.

On Monday, “The Rush Limbaugh Show” was largely dedicated to the topic of voter fraud. The word “fraud” came up 53 times, the RadioSearch data shows.

“There was plenty of fraud that took place,” Mr. Limbaugh said at one point. “There’s

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