So, I was perusing Twitter, and Parler last evening, just after posting this blog post where I discussed Apple and Googles decision to not carry the Parler app anymore and that I had read that Amazon, who hosts Parler on their servers, was going to shut the service down. I noticed tweets from various news sources that indeed, Amazon had shut off Parler. Well, no, they had not and I was surprised how someone would publish obvious fake news when all anyone had to do was access the site to see it was still up. There was even a message from the Parler CEO that this was going to happen, but not until Sunday. Okay. So this morning, the site is still up and now I’m reading it will be Sunday night,. Again, okay. It looks like Parler will have another host though and be back up and running soon (tomorrow). Good.
Why is Parler being subjected to these actions? Well, according to Apple and Google. First Google:
In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement Friday.
Apple pretty much said the same thing:
We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity,” Apple said in a statement Saturday. “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.”
Has Apple ever taken a serious look at Twitter? Apple spokesperson continued:
In a letter to Parler, Apple’s app review board said, “We have continued to find direct threats of violence and calls to incite lawless action” on the social media platform.
Apple has apparently never bothered to look at the calls from Antifa and BLM for rioting, burning, and looting activities that they have placed on the Twitter platform, as well as Facebook, notifying their adherents of upcoming “protests”. Of course we know that when the left protests, it’s mostly peaceful as we saw last summer when an idiot MSNBC host was onsite in Minneapolis saying as much while there was a conflagration going on directly behind him. Is Twitter blocking any of these media outlets? Has Facebook deleted their pages? No, of course not, bwcuaw the narrative is that conservative is evil, progressive is good even though the destruction caused around the country last summer and continuing in places as I write this, are from the good guys.
It’s no wonder people are angry. I mean, how do you piss off 74 million people, and think you can just get away with it? Of course, the same people are calling for unity as they continue to destroy and idea of common political discourse. when the left riots, murders, no one cares but when conservatives do the same (which they shouldn’t, by the way) it’s called insurrection.
The media cannot get past that term. Here’s a story from Politico, not a right-wing news outlet, which warns of repercussions by conservatives on these platforms but cannot help but say, those that attacked the capitol building were insurrectionists. Those Antifa in Portland that were trying for so long to destroy a federal court building? Mostly peaceful protestors. The people in Minneapolis that burned police precincts? I’m not excusing anyone here, Trump or anti-Trump people, I just would like to see the media use the same hyperbole for both sides.
I don’t expect any change though. Trump will be gone soon and then what will the media do to ramp up viewership or clicks? I mean, are they going to continue to blame conservatives for all of the problems in the country when both houses of Congress are controlled by Democrats, as well as the White House? I predict they’ll find a way, somehow, to twist the facts, as usual, to blame the GOP for all of Biden’s upcoming failures.
As for social media, expect more attacks against voices for actual free speech for everyone and not just for some like we see today on Twitter. This isn’t whataboutism, it’s just a fact that even the left are aware of today. And as usual, I’m going to let everyone know that the left always ends up eating their own. Yes, I say this often because it’s true. some voice from the left is noticed to be not as pure as epected, then cancelled by the same people that lifted that voice. I’ve been watching this occur since, well, probably 2008. It happens all the time. so, eve though there may be some cheering today about their success against conservatism, beware, the same are coming for you, eventually.
As for platforms like Parler, I predict they’ll survive and the debacle of monopolists attempting to destroy withem will backfire enormously and they will easily begin to rival others like Twitter and Facebook. I do think that any platform needs to ensure that any calls for direct violence against any person or group is not allowed, but then, just a few days ago, on Twitter, there was a hashtag that trended for a while until complaints from conservatives were noticed to #HangMikePence. Hypocrisy abounds with the people, doesn’t it?