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Not content just purging President Donald Trump and his supporters from all major social media networks, it appears the far-leftists of Silicon Valley have begun plotting to eliminate all forms of alternate, non-establishment communication in a move that Fox News host Tucker Carlson has described as blatant “political repression.”
Late Friday, one of the country’s most powerful monopolies — Apple — threatened to eliminate the social media platform Parler from its stores unless the network complied with its demands and began censoring so-called “objectionable content.”
But although Apple framed the “objectionable content” as content related to the planning and facilitation of “illegal and dangerous activities,” the behavior of other tech titans such as Apple, Google, Amazon and Twitter strongly suggest the move was entirely political.
“Over the last 24 hours, Twitter specifically has banned a number of different conservative accounts, not just the president,” Carlson reported live from his desk late Friday evening.
Indeed, and in response conservatives and moderates began flocking to non-establishment platforms like Parler — and also Gab.
“Tonight a competing social media service, Parler, which we told you about, is seeing a massive and unprecedented surge in traffic. The site even experienced server outage because of new users tonight,” Carlson noted.
“Why? A couple of reasons. Mostly this: Parler is a free speech alternative to Twitter. They don’t censor you. You can say what you want. The president is on Parler, and that has drawn a lot of people who realize they are being suppressed by Twitter.”
And in response to this, Silicon Valley pounced.
“Parler’s succeeding. What happens now? Of course, Silicon Valley is trying to kill it. Google has just removed Parler without any warning from its app store. Apple and Amazon, which provide services that keep services like Parler online, have also threatened to shut Parler down,” Carlson reported.
Listen to him below via Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight“:
In response to the authoritarian, uneven actions against Parler, the company’s founder, John Matze, released scathing statements decrying the threats from “politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech.”
“We will not cave to pressure from anti-competitive actors! We will and always have enforced our rules against violence and illegal activity. But we WON’T cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!” he wrote on Parler itself.
“This is not an attack on Parler. This is an attack on our basic civil liberties and right to free speech. They know that the most powerful thing in the world is your voice and 1A.”
He also pushed back on the disingenuous suggestion that Parler is not only somehow the only home to “objectionable content” but also actively allowing such content.
“Apparently they believe Parler is responsible for ALL user generated content on Parler. Therefor[e] by the same logic, Apple must be responsible for ALL actions taken by their phones. Every car bomb, every illegal cell phone conversation, every illegal crime committed on an iPhone, Apple must also be responsible for,” he wrote.
He added, “Standards not applied to Twitter, Facebook or even Apple themselves, apply to Parler.”
Carlson echoed this same pointing.
“It’s impossible to overstate the amount of filth and political extremism, explicit violence, pornography, whatever, on the Internet. … it’s everywhere,” he said.
Including on TWITTER:
Twitter still allows these Portland antifa groups to organize, promote and/or incite violence on the platform: pic.twitter.com/D0R7ib1mx2
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 9, 2021
“But it’s Parler that is being singled out. It’s kind of impossible to not conclude that this is political repression,” Carlson added.
His guest, Parler chief policy officer Amy Peikoff, concurred.
“It really is, because I think we do have the reputation as being the conservative platform. … We do see this as being politically singled out. The other thing is that we are competing with other platforms who have decided that they want to surveil the people on their platform 24/7 without any particularized suspicion,” she said.
“And you know, on the one hand, people don’t like to live in the world of Orwell’s “1984, and then, on the other hand, a lot of people seem to want to pressure social media to do more to moderate as, they call it, content on their platforms. But that would require 24-hour surveillance, so we don’t think that that is consistent with the principles of America.”
Indeed, and the people who “want to pressure social media” to impose authoritarian surveillance measures on the American people are all left-wingers, according to Glenn Greenwald, a classic liberal who’s become a fierce critic of the modern Democrat Party’s increasingly authoritarian ways:
The dominant strain of US liberalism now is authoritarianism. They want their adversaries censored and imprisoned. They revere the FBI, CIA, NSA, corporate mediam big tech. There’s a reason neocons are their thought leaders & Bush/Cheney operatives & CIA goons are their TV stars.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 8, 2021
“We would just like to provide a place where people can come and they can speak freely, that they’re not going to be fact-checked, they’re not going to be told what to think, what they can read. And also, we do not data pillage, we don’t data mine them. We don’t turn them into commodities and try to monetize them. And so we would just like to provide that service,” Peikoff continued.
She added that Parler was just as “horrified” by what happened in D.C. as everybody also but cautioned that the extremist rhetoric that precipitated it “has been everywhere this week,” including on Twitter.
“To be singled out, we think, is quite unfair,” she concluded.
“Well I mean, it’s political repression, period,” Carlson concurred.
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