This week, Apple, Google, and Amazon conspired to shove free-speech social media app Parler off the internet in (supposed) response to the events that went down at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday. The coordinated attack, which seemed to unfold just a little too quickly to be a spontaneous reaction to the siege, had many on the left cheering…but others were warning that it looked a lot like a exercise of pure anti-competitive power on the part of Big Tech.
In an interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said there should be a major investigation of the actions that led up to Parler’s ban.
“The effect of this is that there is no longer a free and open social media company or site for any American to get on any longer, because these big companies – Apple, Amazon, Google – they have just destroyed what was likely a billion-dollar company,” said Nunes. “Poof, it’s gone. But it’s more than just the financial aspect to that. Republicans have no way to communicate. If — it doesn’t even matter if you’re a Republican or conservative.
“If you don’t want to be regulated by left-wingers that are at Twitter and Facebook and Instagram, where you get shadowbanned, they get to decide what’s violent or not violent; it’s preposterous,” Nunes continued. “So, I don’t know where the hell the Department of Justice is at right now or the FBI. This is clearly a violation of antitrust, civil rights, the RICO statute. There should be a racketeering investigation on all the people that coordinated this attack on not only a company, but on all of those like us, like me, like you, Maria. I have 3 million followers on Parler. Tonight, I will no longer be able to communicate with those people. And they’re Americans.”
According to the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley, Parler had exhibited no ability or interest in regulating violent speech on their platform. This, in turn, put them in violation of the TOS of the Big Tech companies.
“We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property,” Apple wrote in a letter to Parler. “The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.”
It is interesting, of course, that these companies are the same ones who claim over and over again that Congress can’t touch them because of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. They really have carved themselves a nice little cozy monopoly over online communications over there in San Francisco. And we’re not holding our breath for anyone to do anything about it. Not for the next two years, anyway.