Parler CEO, Devin Nunes Feeling Oh So Sad And Lonely
Conservatives are once again very upset about how social media is working out for them. Donald Trump has been kicked off of Twitter for inciting violence. Lin Wood was kicked off of Twitter, also for inciting violence. The right-wing social media site Parler, after being the site of choice for planning the attempted coup, has been kicked off of pretty much every app store and rejected by pretty much every vendor in town, including Amazon, Google and Apple. Then Amazon kicked Parler off its hosting service.
"They all work together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to not only our apps, but they're actually shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the internet," Parler CEO John Matze whined on FOX. "They made an attempt to not only kill the app, but to actually destroy the entire company. And it's not just these three companies. Every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day."
Well! either the timing is a grand conspiracy among all of these tech companies, or it's all being done in reaction to last week's attempted coup, and in reaction to planning for future attacks social media companies were witnessing in real time, much of which was organized on Parler. People on Parler regularly openly discuss the violent things they would like to do to other people. Like these guys, who were ever so frank about planning to do something violent on inauguration day.
This all goes well beyond just people thinking it's bad for right-wing extremists to be publicly planning a violent overthrow of the United States government, or it being bad publicity for these companies to be associated with them. The fact is, they are a liability, just as Trump and others trying to incite violence on Twitter are a liability for Twitter. The families of those killed during the attempted coup last week could very well sue these companies for making it possible for Parler, a place where people openly planned said coup, to exist. They might not win, but it would still be a pretty big pain in the ass.
There really isn't a good place to publicly and blatantly plan violence for all to see and hear. These people love to talk about "the town square," but let's be real, it would be a super bad idea to plan a coup in the middle of the town square. Someone would hear you and you might get into some trouble because it is generally a bad idea to plan your crimes so publicly. I mean, do these people not watch "Dateline"?
Matze, of course, was not the only one whining. GOP Rep. Devin Nunes — of course — went on Fox News to talk about how conservatives are not allowed to talk anymore.
Devin Nunes says Republicans have no way to communicate now https://t.co/3XBIwSUcLl— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi)1610294290.0
Parler's likely a billion dollar company. Poof! It's gone! But it's more than just the financial aspect to that. Republicans have no way to communicate now.
A billion dollar company? Damn, they must be charging a lot for ads for these $20 commemorative Trump half-dollar coins that can't be impeached.
Republicans have many places and ways to communicate. For instance, clearly, they can go on Fox News. They can also be on Twitter, just like Devin Nunes is, so long as they don't harass anyone or encourage others to do crimes.
They do not, however, have places where they can freely incite violence and plan coups and other various crimes. But to be fair, neither does anyone else. Just ask all of the people who found themselves in prison after visiting www.rentahitman.com.
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