FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon Web Services (AWS) is seen during the 4th annual America Digital Latin American Congress of Business and Technology in Santiago, Chile, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Parler, a social network site favored by supporters of President Donald Trump, filed an antitrust suit against Amazon.com Inc. Monday. Parler accused Amazon of making an illegal, politically motivated decision to shut down Parler’s web-hosting services. The 18-page complaint also accused Amazon of being hypocritical by not taking similar action against Twitter. Parler CEO John Matze said Amazon’s ban, coupled with other service cancellations from Apple and Google, could put the company out of business. 

Before it was shut down, Parler had approximately 12 million users. In comparison, Trump had 90 million Twitter followers before his account was removed.

Amazon suspended Parler’s Amazon Web Services account on Sunday, citing concerns that the service could not adequately screen out incendiary content. In a letter published by Buzzfeed News, Amazon stated it found 98 examples of Parler posts inciting violence. Website-development platform Cloudrovia told Insider it would be happy to host Parler, citing the value of free speech online, though Parler did not confirm whether it was meeting with Cloudrovia.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., called for a racketeering investigation into Amazon, Apple and Google following their suspensions of Parler. “The effect of this is that there is no longer a free and open social media company or site for any American to get on any longer,” he said. Journalist Glenn Greenwald referred to Parler’s deplatforming by Amazon, Google and Apple as a “censorship orgy.” Ben Shapiro called it an attempt to implement “one-party control of information distribution.”

Amazon’s actions regarding Parler mirror previous moves against 8chan and The Daily Stormer. Web services company Voxility banned 8chan in 2019 and then banned its new host Epik as well. Web-hosting service GoDaddy severed ties with The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi and white supremacy website, after it posted an article mocking Heather D. Heyer, who was killed when a man drove into a crowd during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va. in 2017.

With Parler potentially going dark, its users have flocked to other sites that bill themselves as promoting free speech and privacy, including Gab, Telegram, MeWe and 2nd1st. Gab CEO Andrew Torba said the site got 600,000 new users in the early hours of Monday. The site had 1.16 million registered accounts as of April 2020.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Controversial app Parler removed from internet after pro-Trump riots – The Independent – 1/11/2021
While it is possible that the company will be able to find new hosting services – or even host its own website, as The Pirate Bay did when it was hunted across the internet – Apple and Google do not look set to alter their policy in the near future, meaning that there will be no easy way for Parler to distribute its mobile app.

Big Tech’s assault on Parler proves it’s gone full cartel – New York Post – 1/10/2021
When people complain about the overwhelming share of their markets controlled by Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google, the companies’ defenders insist that they compete in important ways, checking each other’s power. This is looking more like a cabal supporting each other — at the least, uniting to enforce a common political orthodoxy.

Republicans Can Say What They Want, But They Created This Monster – Truthout – 1/11/2021
Sites like Gab will likely scoop up the refugees from Parler, and the planning for further violence in the week of the Inauguration will continue apace. As for the silenced Trump, he’s off to Alamo, Texas, tomorrow — ravishing irony, that — to visit one of the pieces of his pathetic “wall” that dot the southern border like so many rotten teeth. There will be plenty of cameras following him, and he is in no mood to be shy.

Federalist Staff Rail Against Impeachment, Big Tech Censorship – The Federalist – 1/11/2021
“This is a situation that I think a lot of us have been warning against on the right for a long time,” Federalist Publisher Ben Domenech said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” of big tech’s de-platforming of Parler after banning the president. “When we see these massive corporations, the most powerful ones that have ever existed in this history of the world, coming together to make a political statement to cut off the most popular Republican in terms of vote we’ve ever seen, that’s something that should bother all of us.”

Fox News Melts Down Over Parler Ban: ‘Akin to Kristallnacht’ – The Daily Beast – 1/11/2021
What started on Sunday with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) whining to Maria Bartiromo that “Republicans have no way to communicate” now that the Twitter alternative has been effectively removed from the internet by Apple, Google, and Amazon Web Services turned into a full-on freakout Monday morning with both hosts and guests screaming that it marked the end of the First Amendment, or in Jeanine Pirro’s case, something “akin to Kristallnacht.”

Parler Goes Dark Following Amazon Web Services Suspension – Breitbart – 1/11/2021
Parler’s Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff […] went on to explain what she referred to as a “crucial question” about the continued operation of Parler, stating: “Do we want all of the content that is posted online, every single piece to be scanned for ‘objectionable content,’ as they call it, 24/7 and also removed without due process if it’s flagged by an algorithm because that seems to be the standard that Parler is being told that we must adhere to.”

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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