Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Alternative voice removed from Internet

 This weekend I heard threats of Parler being closed down. I could hardly believe it was possible, but when I went to Parler today on my iPhone, I found an innocuous error message saying: "Networking Error. It seems that we are either over capacity or you are experiencing a poor network connection."

I then checked the browser on my MacBook Pro. The message was equally innocent. "Safari Can't Find the Server. Safari can't open the page "https://parler.com" because Safari can't find the server "parler.com."" 

A check on the Internet for stories confirmed the threats. Apple, Google and Amazon had combined to close down the conservative website Parler. Amazon Networks is the biggest server provider in the United States and housed Parler's webpages. Other companies involved in the plot against Conservative voices are Marriott, Citibank,  (See Tucker Carlson, January 11, 2021). 

It's timer to find alternatives to buying from and using products from Apple, Google, and Amazon. Other companies were also involved in this illegal action. Parler is having difficulty finding another venue for its webpages.

The First Amendment does apply in to business or private industry. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  A class action lawsuit maybe the best approach to dealing with these mega giants. Also, ask your Congressman to demand an investigation and anti-trust suits from the Department of Justice. 

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