If you’re one of the millions who use Parler, I’m sure you’re wondering, “What’s next?”
Google struck first and removed Parler from its app store. Then Apple saying Parler had violated its terms of service by failing to control violent content. Of course, there is NO social media company – NONE. ZERO – that’s managed to keep objectionable content off their app or website. Twitter and Facebook apps are still in the app stores.
Amazon took Parler off its cloud servers so the app and site were inaccessible. Parler sued Amazon in response and says they’ll build their own servers. That takes time and money. Not being in an app store seriously questions whether Parlor can survive at all, even with its own servers.
Regardless of your political beliefs, you’re witnessing three of big tech’s most ruthless player’s power to put a fourth, smaller company, out of business.
They’ve had two guests on Fox Business (Maria Bartiromo’s show) discussing the Parler issue. Gene Marx, Small Business Analyst for the Hill boiled it down to Amazon doing nothing wrong by throwing them off their platform because Parler violated terms and conditions of AWS; if you want to “play” on their platform you have to follow by their rules.
The second was Mark Penn social platforms seem to be dividing up according to ideology, as per Dorsey caught stating that their crackdown would go far beyond President Trump’s account and last well beyond one day and beyond the inauguration. He also stated that he thought Conservative platforms, whether Parler ends up being that or not, would come along to fill that need. In addition, he said that Rule 230 will have to be revised to designate what the criteria is to meet it’s “open bulletin board” protection, and move those who won’t adhere to publisher status.
What happened to Parler is so obvious to have been a coordinated attack, or follow-suit at least, by the BIG tech companies. Apple removes the app, Google removes the app, then Amazon discovers a violation to justify cancelling service? I hope that John Matze follows through in suing them, as the public would no doubt love to see exactly HOW they were in violation.
Gene Marx, as a writer covering small businesses, stated that what happened to Parler is a wake-up call to other small businesses. I hope that Matze’s lawsuit is a wakeup call to big tech. What happened to Parler is wrong.
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