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SellerThink has lost some subscribers on YouTube, for taking a position on the social dystopia occurring in America. We’re OK with the loss of commissions.
This is a really important time in America, and everything happening impacts us as Small businesses and online resellers.
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For nine years, SellerThink on YouTube has always taken an “avoid controversial issues” position, because of their financial impact.
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When SkyThrusters Parler account posts stopped appearing in its hash-tagged feeds, following it blocking Hillary Clinton’s account. It felt very suspect that perhaps Parler Shadow-bans too.
Bad News! #Parler shadow bans too, or at least throttles views.
As a Minecraft developer, our Alpha Development posts have been being made on Parler since leaving Twitter.
In April 2020, I undertook overseeing the development of SkyThrusters first Minecraft Adventure called, “Washington Has Fallen”, essentially a Minecraft experience and story following a conservative patriotic theme, in which Socialists have taken over Washington DC during a pandemic, and ultimately Kidnapped the President. You become a member of the X-Team, and must fight the anarchists and terrorist, and ultimately save Donald Trump.
In April 2020, little did it occur to me, that in all except for the kidnapping of the president, much of this Minecraft experience would begin to take on prophetic aspects of reality.
We began posting daily updates to theSkyThrusters Facebook page and later Twitter, and in June 2020 closed the Twitter account, after the SkyThruster account was tagged for suspension four times in two months, as were many other conservative gamers and followers. Twitter ultimately shadow-banned the account to the point that none of our posts were appearing publicly in any of the hashtag feeds, and only our followers could few.
This seemed highly unusual considering the posts were about Minecraft, and a few retweets and tweets about topics important to the Silent Majority, Trump followers and Conservatives.
So the decision was ultimately made to just leave Twitter altogether and move to Parler which promotes itself even in its name, as a free speech social media platform.
But is it? This is where our story picks up.
The past several days, our updates on Parler stopped appearing in the Hash-tagged feed.
This seemed unusual, because Parler has a very small community of #Minecraft developers or gamers, so there is no reason, the #WashingtonHasFallen posts should be blocked from appearing.
It didn’t start until a comment was posted about blocking Hillary Clinton and actually blocking Hillary Clinton on Parler. We didn’t move to Parler to be forced to view and have Hillary Clinton or similar socialist leaning politicians shoved in our faces, in fact that was a big reason for leaving Twitter. All #Twitter showed in our recommended people, ads and sidebar were radicals who are tearing down the US Constitution. So when suddenly Hillary Clinton appeared in our Parler recommended feed, we took immediate action to make a single comment disapproving, and then blocked her account.
Parler in its user statement actually says in essence that commenting on its paid, sponsored or certain “Verified accounts”, is against its rules. So basically, despite claiming to be a “Free Speech” and “Censorship Free” platform, perhaps it more of a sales pitch. A pitch to get people looking to ditch Twitter’s toxic environment to cross-over.
In SkyThrusters Minecraft Developers circumstance, that is exactly when our daily morning posts updates began not appearing in the feed. Is it temporary? Maybe.
When this post from 2:15 AM on July 16th didn’t appear, I began to question things. It wasn’t the first time this had happened. In the past, I had a personal Parler account where similar happened. At the point, it was my own personal account, and since Parler was kind of dead anyway, and its app had continually crashed I just popped back over to my Twitter account.
But this is a year or two later, and for SkyThrusters use, so when posts stopped showing up in any of the trend tags, right after Hillary Clinton was blocked, I at first thought it might be just delayed. Nope.
So I edited the post and reposted it later that evening at 5:15 PM, to check. Still Nope.
The tags included Goya and Goya Foods, Defend The Police and Primos Barber Shop, because it that previous mornings development, two buildings were added to the Minecraft Adventure to represent these two outstanding businesses standing up for their American Values and Constitutional Rights.
I decided to google search for Parler and Shadow Bans, and there just happened to be an Alt-Left article about Parler banning and removing comments. This is disheartening, because at least on Twitter, even though an account gets suspended and shadow banned, In all the years I’ve used it and had been shadow banned to the point only those who actually followed me could see me posts, they at least didn’t outright ban me, or anyone else I knew.
Maybe Parler is or will become like ELLO, the social media website that everyone thought would save us from Facebook, but quickly disappeared from even being mentioned.
Also weird about Parler, is a few days after opening the SkyThrusters account, I applied for its verification program, following all of it steps. I had to do this through its website, because its June 2020 Google Play App update caused it to be almost impossible to join Parler, and the app continually crashed until they released a new update that fixed it a month later.
After the SkyThrusters account went through its official verification process to receive a badge, following all their requirements, they rejected it, saying that the information on the front of my drivers license didn’t match the back side of my drivers license. Really? The DMV messed up the back side of my drivers license? That didn’t stop that crazy patrol officer from putting me in his SUV when I was leaving Oklahoma, headed to Missouri, just because I have California Plates. You could of just said you didn’t like us! When we attempted to contact Parler via its website reply regarding its denial, no response was received. I didn’t find out why it had been rejected, until they fixed their app, and I decided to try reinstalling it. It was their, that they provided the reason, “The front of your ID must match the back of your ID.” It’s a drivers license for Pete’s sake!
Update on Parler’s verification process. Now that the app was working, I decided to give it another shot. Previously I had my old Drivers license and used that. This time I used my new “Real Id” drivers license. Going through the app process of verification instead of the website, revealed that they are looking for a scan bar code on the back that only the new drivers licenses have. That’s a bummer for those who still have the older versions of drivers license, because they will experience the same problem. It would have been very helpful if Parler had responded to my request for more details, other than just saying, “the front of your license or id, must match the back”, because that was totally disingenuous. The back of the older licenses do not have the scan codes. They could of just said, your ID doesn’t have the needed scan bar code. Either way, having provided the new updated Real ID license via the app, and the selfie, via the app, it only took around 3 hours to become verified. They information in the app, says it normally takes up to 48 hours. I’m still very resistance and hesitant to uploading private information like a license via a website or app. I’ve already been a victim of ID theft via several very secure websites, and FaceBook has a history of storing private user information on insecure servers.
In their community Guidelines, Parler strongly advises its general non privileged users to “Avoid Targeting Red-Badged users”. This concerned me when I initially signed up back in June. It seemed really unusual to me, that users were being given special status badges and protections based on their community Parler badge system.
So the question remains. Did Parler intentionally shadow ban our posts for several days on purpose?
Did Parler target us, for violating the “Red Badge” member, Hillary Clinton? Resulting in our Update Posts from showing anywhere than to our followers for three days?
Who knows! But it sure feels a lot like Twitter. As I have said, on Twitter, even though Twitter denies its obvious manipulation of posts, its staff members having the ability to override accounts, ban posts, bump accounts by forcing them to re-verify to log in, while meanwhile removing all their followers and followed accounts etc. At least we had lots of evidence to support that they were doing it, even prior to this weeks Hack of Twitter, in which the hacked staff accounts screenshot the Twitter admin module.
Ultimately, Parler will need to decide if it really is a free speech platform. Right now it doesn’t honestly appear to be that.
Perhaps, Parler should call itself a platform for conservatives, since that appears to be its target audience. #Freespeech after all is a high standard to live up to, even for #Parler.
On another positive note, Parler has updated and fixed its android app, but not before tons of new users gave it a one star for crashing over and over again. These were users like myself , who came over from Twitter.
If you haven’t heard by now, that the world is experiencing it’s first global pandemic as never seen in modern times, then you’ve been asleep.
Governments, including the US Government in different states are forcing businesses to close, people to stay home, schools to shut.
For this reason, Randy Dreammaker of SellerThink, has released a helpful video for anyone who sells via online marketplaces like Mercari, eBay, Poshmark or other marketplaces.
Randy discusses the recommended CDC guidelines that all resellers should be following for disinfection of their work spaces and the products they ship and sell.
Additionally, Randy provides SellerThink‘s suggestions for helping maintain customer confidence and trust, to possibly help your store continue to receive sales while the brick and mortar stores shutdown.
This week, while looking for help in setting up a second Parler account to use for my non-hobby purposes, I came across a large number of far left blogs, twitter forced embeds on websites, etc. All of them were crying foul against Parler.
Intrigued, I decided to investigate a few, all of them had similar complaints, suggesting that their or someone else complaining third hand, had been kicked off Parler.
Previously, I discussed how multiple thousands on Antifa, TikTok and Black Lives Matters sympathizers had flooded onto Parler at the same time at the end of July 2020. Their stated and intended goal? A coordinated, effort to cripple Parler, similar to what occurred in 2019 when the mass exodus of Twitters Saudi Arabia users abandoned Twitter for Parler. Parler at that time simply wasn’t able to handle the unexpected influx.
It’s the middle of 2020, and Parler learned a lot from that experience, increased their staff, updated their algorithms and add more servers. In other words, the radical lefts attack on Parler failed, and it failed miserably.
Parler staff and members who left Twitter due to its censorship of conservatives, took a stand and began reporting violations of all types. This multiple thousand invasion (I was able to determine 7,000 from only a single account), all linked their accounts together as friends. Had actual leaders giving instructions, etc. It wasn’t going to be difficult for Parler to figure out what was going on. One of those leading the attack on Parler even commented how surprise he was that it was actually possible to post to the CEO on Parler and get a real person response, as opposed to Twitter whose staff and certainly CEO hide under cloaks of mystery.
Did they deserve to get banned? Absolutely, they were there for a two day only event to cause chaos and disruption, harass Parler members, to post pornography, etc. All in violation of Parlers, Terms of Service.
The blog “TechDirt”, is one of many pushing the radical socialist agenda against Parler, and apparently an accomplice to the recent DDOS attack on Parler. It’s disingenuous title, “As Predicted: Parler Is Banning Users It Doesn’t Like” is as disingenuous as its entire “article” with reposted tweets from those who took part in the attack to bring down the Parler.
You’ve certainly heard of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack before.
“This is any attempt to crash a web server or online system by overwhelming it with data. DDoS attacks can be simple mischief, revenge, or hacktivism, and can range from a minor annoyance to long-term downtime resulting in loss of business.
Kaspersky reports that DDoS attacks cost small businesses $120,000 and enterprises $2,000,000.
DDoS attacks are illegal under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Starting a DDoS attack against a network without permission is going to cost you up to 10 years in prison and up to a $500,000 fine.” (Varonis.com)
In closing, if you are sick of Twitter’s censorship and toxic environment, I think Legal Insurrection presents several valid and good reasons for ditching Twitter and moving to Parler, or at least adding Parler into your Social Media mix. (Legal Insurrection)
Thinking about joining the #Twexit movement and abandoning Twitter too? You don’t have to be alone. Join Parler! They’re not paying us to say it, we just think you will be a lot happier. In this video, SellerThink gives you tips on how to reach more Parler Followers and receive more views.