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The Post Millennial

Ari Hoffman

January 9, 2021 9:02 PM

On Saturday, Amazon removed the social media platform Parler from its web hosting servers. Parler, a social network favored by conservatives, is being targeted following the riot at the US Capitol on Wednesday and in the wake of President Donald Trump migrating to the platform, after he was banned by social media giants Twitter and Facebook.

Parler will need to find another hosting service or the platform could be offline as early as Sunday.

According to an email obtained by BuzzFeed, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Trust and Safety team told Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff that calls for violence on Parler violated its terms of service. Amazon added that  "This morning, you shared that you have a plan to more proactively moderate violent content, but plan to do so manually with volunteers. It’s our view that this nascent plan to use volunteers to promptly identify and remove dangerous content will not work in light of the rapidly growing number of violent posts."

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Jan 8 2021

Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff discusses a potential ban for Parler following President Trump's Twitter ban on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight'.

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Parler pulls down some Lin Wood posts after pro-Trump lawyer says Pence should face 'firing squad'

'Yes, some of his parleys that violated our rules were taken down'

Andrew Blake - The Washington Times - Saturday, January 9, 2021

L. Lin Wood, a pro-Trump lawyer newly kicked off Twitter, had some of his posts yanked afterward from rival social media service Parler, a supposed free speech haven popular among fellow conservatives.

John Matze, Parler’s CEO, confirmed Saturday that his company took down a number of posts made on its platform recently by the lawyer’s account, @LinWood, Mediaite first reported.

In one post, or “parley”, Mr. Wood called for the execution of Vice President Mike Pence. “Get the firing squads ready. Pence goes FIRST,” Mr. Wood said Thursday. That post has since vanished.

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Twitter Hasn’t Suspended These Accounts Or Tweets That Openly Incite Violence

Paulina Enck

January 10, 2021

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Following the insults to the #Prophet, the Islamic nation is filled with rage & objections. From the east to the west of the Islamic world, many Muslim officials & people have defended the Islamic identity & Prophet's noble personage, which shows the Muslim communities' vitality.

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When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.
 
The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.
 
We have the right to fight back!
 
Rest in Power George Floyd

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If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.
 

 

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I love that all the women that ted bundy killed were white woman they deserved it just like all white women deserve to die

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However all white women deserve to die.

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BREAKING: Parler Sues Amazon, Asks Court to Reverse Illegal 'Death Blow'

Tyler O'Neil

Jan 11, 2021 3:08 PM ET

On Monday, Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the company of breaching its contract and violating a century-old anti-trust law by promoting Twitter at its competitor’s expense. Amazon had removed Parler from its servers on Monday morning, claiming the conservative social media platform refused to remove posts advocating violence at the Capitol riots last Wednesday.

Due to Amazon’s removal, “Parler will be offline for a financially devastating period,” the lawsuit claims. It alleges that Amazon applied a double standard, breaking its contract with Parler over a small number of posts while preserving its ties with Twitter, where threats of violence reached into the thousands on Friday.

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The lawsuit argued that AWS engaged in a clear double standard by attacking Parler. “By pulling the plug on Parler but leaving Twitter alone despite identical conduct by users on both sites, AWS reveals that its expressed reasons for suspending Parler’s account are but pretext,” it claims.

The lawsuit notes that Amazon claimed to find 98 examples of posts that clearly encourage and incite violence on Parler. “However, the day before, on Friday, one of the top trends on Twitter was ‘Hang Mike Pence,’ with over 14,000 tweets. … And earlier last week, a Los Angeles Times columnist observed that Twitter and other social media platforms are partly culpable for the Capital [sic] Hill riot, by allowing rioters to communicate and rile each other up.”

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16 hours ago, Valin said:

BREAKING: Parler Sues Amazon, Asks Court to Reverse Illegal 'Death Blow'

Tyler O'Neil

Jan 11, 2021 3:08 PM ET

On Monday, Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the company of breaching its contract and violating a century-old anti-trust law by promoting Twitter at its competitor’s expense. Amazon had removed Parler from its servers on Monday morning, claiming the conservative social media platform refused to remove posts advocating violence at the Capitol riots last Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

Rumble sues Google for anti-trust violations

YouTube rival Rumble Inc. filed a complaint on Monday against Google parent Alphabet Inc. alleging that Google has violated antitrust laws by "unfairly rigging" its search algorithms.[/]

Ari Hoffman

January 12, 2021

YouTube rival Rumble Inc. filed a complaint on Monday against Google parent Alphabet Inc. alleging that Google has violated antitrust laws by "unfairly rigging" its search algorithms and mobile operating system to drive traffic away from YouTube's competitors. This is the latest allegation of anticompetitive conduct against the tech giant.

Toronto based company Rumble brought in the US District Court of the Northern District of California's San Jose Division. The video hosting platform, popular among conservative social media users as an alternative to YouTube, stated in a 38-page complaint that, "By unfairly rigging its search algorithms such that YouTube is the first-listed links 'above the fold' on its search results page, Google, through its search engine, was able to wrongfully divert massive traffic to YouTube, depriving Rumble of the additional traffic, users, uploads, brand awareness and revenue it would have otherwise received."

The lawsuit argues that Google’s agreements with cell phone manufacturers to pre-install the YouTube app on mobile devices running Google's Android operating system have unfairly deprived Rumble of viewers.

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Washington Times is reporting that Parler is moving to another host.  Hope it's back up soon.

 

Parler finds refuge with right-leaning webhosting service

Nihal Krishan

January 11, 2021 07:55 PM

A handful of Big Tech companies moved to take down social media platform Parler over the weekend, but it appears to have found a new company to help try to keep its website running.

On Monday, Parler registered its domain and server to be hosted by Epik, an internet webhosting company known for working with right-leaning websites. Gab, another social media platform popular with conservatives, also uses Epik. A web domain search shows that Parler is now registered with Epik.

Epik put out a statement on Monday claiming it had no discussion of providing future services to Parler. Epik did acknowledge, however, that Parler was "working on satisfying the requested terms placed upon them."

Epik also defended Parler and said that it was being unfairly treated in comparison to its larger competitors Twitter and Facebook, which create an "undeniable double standard" when it comes to their policing and enforcement of content.

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Rumble sues Google for anti-trust violations

YouTube rival Rumble Inc. filed a complaint on Monday against Google parent Alphabet Inc. alleging that Google has violated antitrust laws by "unfairly rigging" its search algorithms.[/]

Ari Hoffman

January 12, 2021

YouTube rival Rumble Inc. filed a complaint on Monday against Google parent Alphabet Inc. alleging that Google has violated antitrust laws by "unfairly rigging" its search algorithms and mobile operating system to drive traffic away from YouTube's competitors. This is the latest allegation of anticompetitive conduct against the tech giant.

Toronto based company Rumble brought in the US District Court of the Northern District of California's San Jose Division. The video hosting platform, popular among conservative social media users as an alternative to YouTube, stated in a 38-page complaint that, "By unfairly rigging its search algorithms such that YouTube is the first-listed links 'above the fold' on its search results page, Google, through its search engine, was able to wrongfully divert massive traffic to YouTube, depriving Rumble of the additional traffic, users, uploads, brand awareness and revenue it would have otherwise received."

The lawsuit argues that Google’s agreements with cell phone manufacturers to pre-install the YouTube app on mobile devices running Google's Android operating system have unfairly deprived Rumble of viewers.

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Jan. 17 2021

A summary of Rumble Video's lawsuit against Google, alleging anti-Trust violations. I will be doing a more detailed breakdown soon - this is just the 30,000 foot overview primer. Enjoy!

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