January 13, 2021
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Perhaps the best source I can point to on what Big Broth—I mean, Big Tech, is doing to conservatives is, ironically, the non-conservative Glenn Greenwald, who has had to “go independent” because of his straightforwardness and is now on Substack,com.

Tuesday, he posted a commentary called “How Silicon Valley, In a Show of Monopolistic Force, Destroyed Parler,” which details the principles of privacy and free speech behind the social media platform and its growth after being set up in August 2018. That growth spiked dramatically after other social media censored the NEW YORK POST’s story about Hunter Biden and started deleting posts even by the President of the United States, labeling them “misinformation.” When Twitter finally terminated Trump’s access, that was enough for millions, and they started leaving in droves for Parler.

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As Greenwald notes, the people behind Parler had done exactly what the social media giants had always said to do: If you don’t like the rules we impose, go start your own platform and make your own rules. But when Parler succeeded, they fought dirty to force it out of business. Just when it became the most downloaded app in the country, tech giants Apple, Amazon and Google worked seamlessly as one to abruptly remove it from the internet.

If Parler’s attorney’s are reading, Greenwald offers the perfect opening statement for when their HUGE LAWSUIT reaches court: “If one were looking for evidence to demonstrate that these tech behemoths are, in fact, monopolies that engage in anti-competitive behavior in violation of anti-trust laws, and will obliterate any attempt to compete with them in the marketplace, it would be difficult to imagine anything more compelling than how they just used their unconstrained power to utterly destroy a rising competitor.”

Greenwald tells how this unfolded, starting with a letter from Apple that said they’d received “numerous complaints” and “accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, that led...to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property.” It warned that they must submit the requested "moderation improvement plan” within 24 hours or their app would be removed from the Apple app store.

Not surprisingly, the letter was immediately leaked to BUZZFEED, which, not surprisingly, published it in full. Parler tried to communicate with Apple without success. The next day, Apple told Parler that it wouldn’t distribute apps that represent “dangerous and harmful content” and removed them. An app that's not downloaded from the Apple store cannot be used with an iPhone. As Greenwald explains, even if the Parler app has already been downloaded, it won’t be updated, which will soon render the platform “both unmanageable and unsafe.”

Google struck Blow #2, “suspending” Parler from its Play Store, thus severely limiting users’ ability to download it onto Android phones.

The next day, Amazon delivered Blow #3, informing Parler that its web hosting service was terminating them. Parler was then, effectively, offline. Amazon said: “Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, January 10th...”

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In a matter of just a few days, Parler went from being the most popular and fastest-growing app in the country to being banished from the internet.

Leftists, who used to be pro-free speech, are cheering the demise of Parler. Ding, dong, the First Amendment is dead!

But Parler wasn’t designed to be an echo chamber of MAGA-hatted Trump supporters. As Greenwald describes it, “The platform was created based in libertarian values of privacy, anti-surveillance, anti-data collection, and free speech.” It was for people who wanted privacy and didn’t like the idea of being “data-mined.” It was also for those who increasingly objected to the rules about what could or could not be said --- and no, that doesn't apply to calls for violence, which are against Parler’s terms of service anyway and are already illegal on any platform.

Explicit calls for violence are rampant on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (owned by Google). The Capitol breach was planned largely on Facebook and Twitter, including by members of QAnon. No participants have been found to be active on Parler.

Yet it’s the threat of more Capitol Hill-style violence that is purportedly causing Big Tech’s crackdown on Parler. Obviously, that’s just pretense for censoring conservative opinion.

Greenwald’s article is very detailed and examines Big Tech’s close relationship with politicians and the intelligence bureaucracy. It’s a must-read.

On Tuesday, Greenwald, appearing with Tucker Carlson, said Big Tech companies are “acting like nation-states,” with Facebook even setting up “committees” to decide what speech is true, false, dangerous, not dangerous. Sounds as though Winston Smith of 1984 would be right home there.

Greenwald pointed out that even world leaders who are not fans of President Trump, such as Germany’s Angela Merkel, are now speaking out about how dangerous Silicon Valley has become by “anointing itself the world media that controls and is more powerful than their democracies, because they know that’s coming for their democracies as well.”

He elaborated on what he’d said in his commentary, noting that out of the first 13 arrested for Capitol Hill violence, “a total of zero” were active on Parler. Most of the advocacy and planning had been done on Facebook, YouTube (Google) and Twitter. Yet AOC and others with power in the Democrat Party were demanding that Google and Apple “kick Parler off.” If their concern really is to stop violence, why weren’t they calling for Facebook and YouTube to be de-platformed?

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Here’s one clue: Biden reportedly got ten times more money from Big Tech than Trump did. The real menace is that they’re working hand in hand now to control all expression. This is blatantly illegal and unconstitutional, but unless you want to talk about how “woke” you are and how much you still hate Trump, the plan is to leave you with cute fuzzy puppies and pictures of food. Any political or societal point of view that doesn’t get the leftist gold star will have to go.

Tucker also hosted Glenn Beck, who said he'd built his own media company in anticipation of this coming. With the current political upheaval and the technological upheaval, he said, these two powers “need each other.”

As a caution, Beck compared what’s happening to what FDR did to Japanese-Americans during World War II, confiscating their wealth, shutting their businesses and, eventually, even isolating them in camps. “You can’t have freedom of speech,” Beck explained, “if you can’t express yourself in a meaningful place.”

“This is like the Germans with the Jews behind the wall,” he said. “...This is the digital ghetto.”

Beck is taking heat, of course, for making that comparison. But as he explained, he wasn’t literally comparing the current situation to Nazi Germany, just using it as an example to show the direction things can move without constitutional protection. He issued a warning: “If you don’t stand up for free speech, you will be the one that loses it as well.”

 

UPDATE 

Here's an excellent blogpost, featuring the commentary of legal expert Jonathan Turley, that agrees completely.

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  • Phil Winter

    01/14/2021 08:02 AM

    I wanted to forward your recent article with the Parler scheme to my golf buddy list. I tried to forward it a few times on my iPad and would NOT allow it. I eventually copied it and created an email. Might be a senior citizen error but I don’t this so. Certainly would not be surprised that apple would go to that level anticompetitive action. Heaven help us

  • Christine Battaglio

    01/14/2021 01:23 AM

    In another newsletter you said you couldn’t believe that 38 states would vote to end the electoral college. If they can cheat on votes to end a presidency what can stop them from cheating on any other election.
    You also said if more Christians had voted the election results would have been different. My cousin is a Christian and hates President Trump with an incredible level of hatred. She is usually a very passive, mild-mannered person. The vitriol that comes from her in regard to President Trump is something else. There are other Christians who are just as opposed in spite of the fact that one would think a Christian would vote for the Republican platform.

  • Tracy Miniaci

    01/14/2021 12:56 AM

    I do see communism in everything the left does. It is hard to believe our country is being run by hateful toddlers. The future is dark for USA, but even more reason to cling to Jesus we must keep our eyes on HIM. This is the beginning of labor pangs.

  • Rita Roberts

    01/13/2021 11:26 PM

    Right as Parler was refused access to Amazon servers and before info was permanently deleted and while presumably users didn't have access a hacker from Europe "scraped" terabytes of info from Parler saying she is saving it for News organizations and the law however has already released some publically. This includes messages, video, people voices, their info and metadata. She and others said in the comments after the article on ArsTechnica they feel justified because it's "only white supremacists" and not people I'd color that were targeted!! It's all over Reddit and has been reported on Twitter and elsewhere.

  • Gennifer Horan

    01/13/2021 11:15 PM

    Hi! I keep hearing/reading that that these media outlets are quickly taking away our rights to “free speech”...and if we continue to let them mow over us like a monster truck then we will have lost. I have not read/heard how to take any action. I’m not (thank goodness) a lawyer nor have tons of money. Am I supposed to sit back and watch my ability to state something go up in flames? AND no, I’ll never expect Washington to help anyone but themselves...so what do I do?

  • JE Kanlan

    01/13/2021 11:05 PM

    Just wanted to say, glad you're here! A breath of fresh air!

  • Dusty

    01/13/2021 10:55 PM

    Yes, what country are we now in when these companies built their power per our own Govt who let them and we were enjoying going to their sites not thinking that they would ever take away the freedom of 75 million people WHO are these so called owners. Bezos who made $70 billion in this COVID while other businesses have closed . To take the side of Democrats to keep their investments in CHINA. They did not like what TRUMP was doing to bring back the good jobs here they made their billions off this move there and TRUMP was threatening why they did not want us to talk so others could see the truth. Many black leaders say they the Democrats kept the blacks for their own power and try to use the racism angle If these Techs were so secure why was Parler a theat? WHY? They try to say what was supposedly wrong with Parler while many of them have a lot of bad things they have allowed on internet. Lie and make excuses. See there are World leaders who see what has been done. They have now for us in Georgia used their money to put in a very hateful man to be our Senator. So from now on we only can get what they command and give the millions like the gave to Biden over $10 million WHY? SAD day in this country and what will take it down. We will lose our military as was done per Pres Obama when he booted out thousands and be open to whoever would want to take us over in the future. If there is any war I want first all the children of the Democrats to have to be drafted and serve to defend this country. No more the poor working in this country while the elite sit by in their SWAMP. Sleeping Dogs.

  • Sid Levin

    01/13/2021 10:08 PM

    This censorship, for that is EXACTLY a what it is, is Just what that pig dog Hitler did to my fellow Jews in NAZI Germany in the 1930’s! As far as I’m concerned, the democrats are nothing but NAZIS, and this starts with Teheran Numbnutz Nancy Pelosi!

  • John Gervais

    01/13/2021 09:56 PM

    I never thought I would join the "Cancel Culture" movement, but after reading that Amazon Web Services cancelled Parler's web service, I cancelled my Amazon Prime account, and I will no longer buy anything through Amazon.

  • Liz Rome

    01/13/2021 09:38 PM

    Excellent summary of Glenn Greenwald and Glenn Beck. Personally I would support building a competing platform to host Parler--bet there's about 75 million others who would do the same. Let's work together --thru your Newsletter to do that...SOON!

  • Samuel Montgomery

    01/13/2021 08:48 PM

    Liz Cheney knows traitorous activity. Dark Dick’s ‘weapons of mass destruction” precipitated wars that have ruined thousands of lives and created global chaos.Why doesn’t she just declare as a Leftist now as her heterophobia will Durbin nicely with their agendas

  • Susan Parker

    01/13/2021 08:47 PM

    I see where yu are banned from fb. I have gotten a warning to suspend me from fb. No free speech anymore !! Keep up the great work you do!! We love you for telling the truth!!

  • Janice roberts

    01/13/2021 07:59 PM

    It seems that most of the talk show hosts on Fox News are saying that Pres Trump riled his supporters by saying the Nov 3 election was stolen. I don’t know what happened in other states but I know that there is enough eye witness testimony to at least investigate voter fraud in Georgia. I lost trust our Secretary if State when I learned that he buckled under demands by Stacy Abrams and changed voter regulations.
    Yes, folks are mad and rightfully so.
    Pelosi and others can even admit that President Trump did wonders for this country and for some reason are set on destroying our democracy. Is it just for power! One thing I do know and the thing that keeps me from lapsing in a state of depression is that God is in control and He does everything for our good. We need to pray hard for our country.

  • David Bruce

    01/13/2021 07:55 PM

    I am glad that the two people and Tucker put that on tv. The Dem's plus Nancy, should really be put out of office..

  • B Gaffney

    01/13/2021 07:48 PM

    I never had an opportunity to send an email to an important person.
    I respect you very much and enjoy reading your articles. Thank you for the role model you are to America.
    God Bless You Always. Tonight prayers are with President Trump, best President ever!

  • Gregory Weinman

    01/13/2021 07:41 PM

    Thank you Governor,
    Although an App is the best choice Parler among others is available as a web application. In addition, the technically savvy can install an App from a company's site.
    I'm sure Parler will find a friendly court. If it can demonstrate monopolistic behavior on the part of the defendant triple damages are likely. More probable is the court forcing the defendant(s) into allowing Parler back for some specified time together with a monetary award for lost revenues.
    Remember, civil suits have a lower burden of proof and evidence is not required at the time of complaint only that the defendant is likely culpable.
    Good Luck Parler

  • Cindy Tijerina

    01/13/2021 07:40 PM

    With all due respect I have to say that Glenn Beck's comparison with censoring and suppressing free speech is simmilar to what the Nazis did. My mother was born there and her story about growing up in West Germany during the war and the occupation is incredible. My grandfather was sent to a German camp for 2 years because my grandmother gave food to a jewish family. All of the Nazi occupation took years to accomplish. It did not happen overnight. This suppression and control is fueled by greed and power and has progressed over the years since 1961. We were sleeping so to speak. I hope it's not too late to be awake.

  • Roger D Stoltz

    01/13/2021 07:31 PM

    We the people are losing this battle for freedom. We need a leader like Trump to lead. He should have invoked the insurrection charges. Polusi's husband was behind the invasion of the capital. Pictures prove it.

  • Christine Hankins

    01/13/2021 07:24 PM

    How do you say “Big Brother” in Chinese?

  • Ed Thompson

    01/13/2021 07:14 PM

    “Resistance is futile”— “Borglosie” is coming for us all!! The “hive” is growing! The “collective” must be served! Warning !!! “Assimilation has begun”!!!! But wait— there’s more——— what happens when you accept weak and two faced people who have their own agenda like grabbing power or just keeping power at any cost? Everyone knows what happens when rust starts attacking the strongest steel— from inside!!! We’re see Republicans show their true colors in the name of votes from the people who they think will keep them in their comfy chairs in Washington DC. We will not forget their names or what they have decided to do and what side they decided to take. Resistance is NOT futile but necessary to Make America Great Again and we will vote, oh yes, two years from now, we will vote and see what happens! No violence, no riots, no mayhem, just votes, from every corner in America. It’s up to us to continue to Drain the Swamp! We have had enough! Teach your children well! God Bless America.

  • Ed Thompson

    01/13/2021 07:12 PM

    “Resistance is futile”— “Borglosie” is coming for us all!! The “hive” is growing! The “collective” must be served! Warning !!! “Assimilation has begun”!!!! But wait— there’s more——— what happens when you accept weak and two faced people who have their own agenda like grabbing power or just keeping power at any cost? Everyone knows what happens when rust starts attacking the strongest steel— from inside!!! We’re see Republicans show their true colors in the name of votes from the people who they think will keep them in their comfy chairs in Washington DC. We will not forget their names or what they have decided to do and what side they decided to take. Resistance is NOT futile but necessary to Make America Great Again and we will vote, oh yes, two years from now, we will vote and see what happens! No violence, no riots, no mayhem, just votes, from every corner in America. It’s up to us to continue to Drain the Swamp! We have had enough! Teach your children well! God Bless America.

  • Burton Brodt

    01/13/2021 07:12 PM

    This is obvious, but we need a site that is completely independent of the Left. Where does Newsmax stand in this fight?

  • Linda Kemp

    01/13/2021 07:09 PM

    I truly (and hopefully) believe that this action by Google, Apple and Amazon regarding Parler is going to come back to haunt them! Once Parler is back up and running, albeit it will take some time, I believe that so many people are going to sign up for, register and log in to Parler that all of the traffic will crash their servers. What irony if Parler builds their own server service! I know that Parler is privately owned, however, I sure would like to make a donation to Parler to financial help to have them build their own server service!

  • Norma Holmes

    01/13/2021 07:06 PM

    How do we stand up for free speech after unplugging social media and all the left wing media including the Wall Street Journal, whose website even acknowledges it is a PAC lobbying for its own interests?

  • Susan Crabtree

    01/13/2021 07:03 PM

    So far I have not heard one person tell me how I, as an average American, should go about standing up and protecting my rights. I thought I was doing that by voting. Alas, we've lost our country.