I’m not sure where things are at at the moment, but the stuff I read last night painted a picture of Parler getting hounded on multiple fronts by assorted tech concerns. Not just Amazon, but various smaller players, all part of a concerted (coordinated?) effort to keep the platform down.
Glenn Greenwald is on the story:
Tech monopolies — FB, Google, Apple, Amazon — have more concentrated wealth & power than any in history. They have used brute force 3 times in 3 months to manipulate US politics: censoring NY Post, banning Trump, destroying Parler. And liberals are overwhelmingly supportive.
That these Silicon Valley monopolies are grave menaces to political freedom & economic well-being is *not* a right-wing view. The most comprehensive report warning of these dangers was issued 3 months ago by a Democratic House Sub-Committee.
Authoritarians never believe they’re authoritarians, no matter how much censorship, surveillance, jingoism, & imprisonment they demand. They tell themselves their enemies are so uniquely evil and dangerous – terrorists – that anything done in the name of fighting them is noble.
Do you know how many of the people arrested in connection with the Capitol invasion were active users of Parler? Zero. The planning was largely done on Facebook. This is all a bullshit pretext for silencing competitors on ideological grounds: just the start.
Greenwald goes on to report that Amazon has a $600 million contract to provide computing services to the CIA.
Semi-related, and sort of interesting in a way: Angie dialed up “Meet The Fockers” last night. In that movie, Ben Stiller’s parents (Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand) are prototypical “aging liberals”, complete with a deep distrust of authority and, in particular, a fully formed contempt for the CIA (“CLIA – Central Lack of Intelligence Agency”). That movie was made in 2004.
Anyone looking for a good rabbit hole for the next few days could do worse than digging into the going’s on at UnsafeSpace. Their YouTube channel is here, and the surest way to know they are over-target is that their Twitter account (here) was recently banned.