Gettr, the social media platform that bills itself as a way to escape Big Tech, actually includes trackers and features from companies like Facebook and Google, according to new research.
The news muddies Gettr’s pitch as an alternative to companies like Facebook, but also shows just how pervasive Big Tech, in its many forms, is. The app still contains various trackers from Silicon Valley.
“The gettr.com web app loads tracking cookies and pixels from Google and Facebook that create unique identifiers for individual users,” the research, published by online publication Talk Liberation Investigates, reads. Gettr also uses smaller analytic tools like AppsFlyer and Countly, according to the research.
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Sean O’Brien, CSO of Panquake.com and founder of Privacy Lab at Yale Law School, conducted the technical analysis.
“We may use Third-Party Services such as Google Analytics to help us analyze our performance and our delivery of Services and advertising to you,” it reads.
Tracking cookies and pixels are pervasive across the internet and are, generally speaking, used by tech companies to monitor user behavior across websites, allowing them to better target advertisements.
Gettr launched last July as an apparent alternative to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Its criticism of those platforms is primarily on the perceived bias it sees them wielding by banning certain, and especially Republican or right-leaning, accounts.
“This is about world shaping for them,” Gettr CEO Jason Miller recently said. Miller was previously a senior adviser to Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
It received support from a slew of high profile figures, many of whom have been banned from other platforms, or have otherwise had issues with those platforms content moderation decisions. They include Representative Marjorie Taylor who was banned from Twitter this month, and Sean Hannity. Most recently, media giants Joe Rogan and Tucker Carlson have joined Gettr.
“Just in case shit over at Twitter gets even dumber, I’m here now as well. Rejoice!,” Rogan wrote on Gettr last week.
Shortly after it launched hackers were able to scrape 90,000 Gettr user email addresses and other data from the service.
Gettr did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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