Not long after the terrible events on Capitol Hill unfolded last week, we started to hear rumors that Parler might be shut down. And it didn’t take long for that to happen.
To be specific, the platform is down because Amazon halted its hosting services, as did Apple and Google. The official word used is “suspended,” but it doesn’t appear Parler will be back any time soon.
And one Republican in D.C. isn’t happy about it.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has launched a racketeering investigation into the “Big 3” tech companies behind this decision. He’s essentially calling this a blatant attack on freedom of speech.
Parler was originally created to be a so-called safe haven for conservative Americans, who felt their First Amendment rights were being suppressed on other social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
It’s also important to note that the higher-ups in those companies have often expressed very left-wing viewpoints.
And during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes says the suspension of Parler must be looked into:
…Nunes said Amazon, Apple and Google’s suspension of Parler is ‘clearly a violation’ of antitrust, civil rights and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which is a federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.
He added that he doesn’t “know where the hell the Department of Justice or FBI is at right now.”
When Amazon Web Services (AWS) made the move to suspend Parler, they said the platform had violated their terms of service “by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content, according to an email by an AWS Trust and Safety team to Parler, reported by Reuters.”
Democrats are seeking to impeach President Donald Trump for a similar reason.
Anyone or anything that might be linked to the D.C. uprising is in the cross-hairs right now. And big tech obviously didn’t want to be associated with Parler anymore.
However, this remains a simple First Amendment issue in the eyes of many citizens.
Where should the line be for perceived “hate speech” or potentially dangerous language online? Who should makes the rules? And how should they be enforced?
These are questions our lawmakers will have to answer in the coming years.
And if Nunes’ investigation pushes forward, the biggest CEOs in the world will also have some tough questions to answer, too.
- Rep. Devin Nunes is calling for an investigation into the CEOs of Amazon, Apple and Google.
- This comes hot on the heels of big tech failing to support Parler. Amazon Web Services has stopped hosting the platform, citing a “terms of service violation.”
- Nunes believes this flies in the face of antitrust laws, civil rights, and the RICO Act.
Source: Fox News