The events of Wednesday, January 6th were abhorrent by any measure of lawful and respectable exercise of the First Amendment.
This was firmly stated by President Donald Trump himself almost instantly as news broke that violent protesters sporting pro-Trump flags and gear breached the Capitol Building and rioted through the halls of Congress.
Yet the measures taken by Big Tech giants in the wake of these events to target the president for censorship and shut down free speech social media giant Parler go much, much further in their abuses of the spirit of the same First Amendment.
These are chilling times, friends.
We need to fall on our faces and pray for the Lord to carry us through.
Over the weekend, President Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter, the network on which he has been one of the most-followed accounts in the world for years and frequently fired off tweets that sent the left-wing media into a tizzy.
Now, as the full weight of the Washington D.C. and corporate establishments seem to collectively turn against Trump, the tech giants have decided to cut this massive following out from under him and set a chillingly Orwellian precedent for censorship all at the same time.
Meanwhile, free speech network Parler, which was founded and largely populated by conservatives and pro-Trumpers disillusioned with Silicon Valley social media censorship, was subsequently booted off Google Play and Apple’s app stores before receiving notice that they would also be kicked off Amazon’s web hosting for allegedly failing to mitigate threats of violence on the platform.
“Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet,” Parler CEO John Matze wrote on the network on Saturday.
It has since been shut down completely.
“There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. We prepared for events like this by never relying on amazons proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products,” he continued.
“We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies,” his post read.
“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. We were too successful too fast. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out,” he explained.
In a later post, Matze added that Big Tech is not only ideologically biased, but also interested in preserving their dominance in the social media market.
“We are the closest thing to competition Facebook or Twitter has seen in many years. I believe Amazon, Google, Apple worked together to try and ensure they don’t have competition,” he wrote.
“They will NOT win! We are the worlds [sic] last hope for free speech and free information,” he concluded.
On Monday, Parler filed suit against Amazon Web Services, alleging “political animus.”
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