Sorry, Donnie! Parler May Be Down For Quite Some Time
Bad news for those looking for President Trump's resurgence on Parler after being banned from Twitter on Friday -- the hyper-conservative social platform has now been banned on Apple, Google, and Amazon. Known as the backup outlet of choice for several prominent republicans like Milo Yiannopoulos and weirdly lax policies on handling "hate-filled, violent speech," according to CNN, the site has been down since the weekend. Without access to Amazon Web Services and with other hosts turning down their requests for reasons including the risk of "negative publicity stemming from the violence, organized in part on platforms such as Parler," Fortune reported, Parler has peaced out of the social media game, seemingly for the foreseeable future.
“We are clearly being singled out,” Parler exec Amy Peikoff told Fox & Friends Weekend, as the sound of sad songs being played from an orchestra composed only of the world's smallest violins filled the air. “I believe we were treated unfairly."
It seems the decision to pull the platform at least from the Apple store and Amazon stemmed from Parler's inability to deal with dangerous speech, which some tech experts say could lead to another incident like last Wednesday's Capitol siege.
"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," An Apple Spokesperson told Fox Business. "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."
As Parler scrambles to resume services for all five of its users, including Mr. Yiannopoulos, several competitors like Gab and Telegram have popped up, vying for their chance to become America's Next Top alt-right echo chamber, in a real
So folks, remember, while free speech is generally pretty amazing, as we learned last week, hate speech and inciting language can have deadly consequences and must be taken seriously.