Sean Hannity said the president had signed up to the platform during a segment that featured former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders alongside right-wing commentator and radio host Dan Bongino—an investor in the app. As soon as he joined, Parler was deplatformed and taken down.https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-parler-account-profile-fox-news-sean-hannity-1559969
Parler, the social media platform that gained popularity over the last 6 months as a safe haven for conservative commenters, essentially got destroyed by Amazon. Some quick background: After the incident at the Capitol, a swath of social media giants, one after the other, began banning President Trump and his supporters from their platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and TikTok, all platforms owned in whole or in part by foreign entities.
As a result of this, President Trump was rumored to be moving to Parler, causing the app to skyrocket to the very top of the Google Play Store charts by Friday but Parler had been at the top of the Apple App store for quite a while now. This is where Parler’s banning begins…
- Friday, January 8: Shortly after hitting the top of the charts on Apple’s App Store, on Friday morning, Apple sent Parler a letter saying that the platform had 24 hours to come up with effective moderation measures that could combat posts encouraging illegal activity on the platform, including an increasing number of posts calling for violence.
- Later that day, Google announced that it removed Parler from its Google Play Store without giving the company the option to implement moderation measures. This meant Parler was no longer available for download on Android devices, but users who had downloaded the app previously could still use it.
- Saturday, January 9: Apple informs Parler that it has failed to take “adequate measures to address the proliferation” of “threats to people’s safety” after the company gave Parler 24 hours notice to do so. Apple removes Parler from the App Store. But as with Parler for Android, anyone who previously downloaded the app could still use it on their iPhones.
- Sunday, January 10: This is where Amazon comes in. On Sunday, Amazon announced its Amazon Web Services would boot Parler from its servers at 11:59 p.m, saying the app “poses a very real risk to public safety.” By yanking Parler’s hosting, Amazon effectively put the final nail in Parler’s coffin.
As of today, Friday, January 16th, Parler’s app and website are down. Parlor will remain down unless they can find another company willing to host it. There is no other company that I know of that can host such a large website, Amazon is the only game in town when is comes to hosting large sites with a lot of web traffic. Even the Government uses Amazon web servers to host their large projects.
So now we are watching entire platforms be removed but this move was so much more sinister. This was a move to remove and kill the competition as much as it was for censoring an entire platform. This is what was needed to be seen by the public to be believed. To see how much power these tech giants have over what we see and consume on social media.
Twitter was about to lose its position of dominance with the loss of President Trumps move to Parler. The Tech giants colluded to stop this threat and destroy a competitor in the process.
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