Social Media App Parler Plans to Expand Into NFTs

Free-speech focused social media platform Parler has announced that it will expand its business into non-fungible tokens (NFT).

In a statement Monday, Parler revealed a move that underpins the rapid growth of the digital asset in recent months.

An NFT is a digital asset usually bought with cryptocurrencies or in dollars.

It encompasses everything from images, videos, to text.

The ownership record is tracked on the blockchain, which serves as a public ledger allowing anyone to verify the NFT’s authenticity.

Traded since around 2017, NFTs initially gained popularity in early 2021 and then around August.

Last week, former U.S. First Lady Melania Trump launched an NFT and blockchain technology venture, which was spearheaded by Parler.

“Parler will continue building its digital offering with an NFT pipeline that builds communities and fosters creativity while furthering its commitment to free speech and security,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

The app was launched in 2018 as a social-media site, styling itself as a free-speech space for those seeking an alternative to major platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

It quickly gained traction from supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Parler, however, went dark for about a month after being cut off by major technology platforms Apple, Google parent Alphabet, and that accused the app of failing to police violent content related to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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