Parler CEO Mark Matze decried Big Tech’s efforts to shut down the far-right app as an ‘assault on everybody’ after Amazon joined Google and Apple in suspending the platform from their servers.
‘It’s devastating is what it is,’ Matze told Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures. ‘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.’
Matze said the suspensions were aimed at decimating the company he founded for refusing to monitor its content for incitement of violence.
‘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.’
Rep Devin Nunes (R – California) also appeared on Sunday Morning Futures and said that the tech giants’ suspension of Parler is ‘clearly a violation’ of antitrust, civil rights and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
Nunes called for a federal investigation as he compared Amazon, Apple and Google to ‘the Mafia’ and lamented that ‘Republicans have no way to communicate’ without Parler.
Parler had been flooded by conservatives and right wingers fleeing Facebook and Twitter in recent days in the wake of suspension of prominent conservative figures, including Donald Trump.
Facebook and Twitter banned Trump after accusing him of fueling violence at the Capitol on Wednesday, when dozens of his supporters stormed the building in a bid to block the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.
Parler saw more than 1.5 million downloads this weekend alone – before Google led Apple and Amazon with shutoffs and suspensions Matze branded ‘a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place’.
On Sunday Matze argued the Silicon Valley leaders are ‘trying to falsely claim that we’re somehow responsible for the events that occurred on the 6th’.
‘We’ve never allowed [violence] on our platform. And we don’t even have a way to coordinate an event on our platform,’ he said.
‘They somehow want to make us responsible. This seems to me like an excuse to just basically eliminate free speech at a convenient time for them.’
‘It would put anybody out of business,’ Matze said of the bans. ‘This thing could destroy anybody.’
He said the future of Parler is unclear as it works to restructure in a way that will appease platform hosts.
‘We’re going to try our best to get back online as quickly as possible but we’re having a lot of trouble because every vendor we talk to says they won’t work with us,’ Matze said.
‘Because if Apple doesn’t approve and Google doesn’t approve, they won’t. They’ve given us no legitimate remedy. They just don’t want us on the internet. They want to get rid of us.’
Rep Nunes likewise lambasted the actions of Big Tech, whining: ‘I have three million followers on Parler. Tonight, I will no longer be able to communicate with those people.’
‘The effect of this is that there is no longer a free and open social media company or site for any American to get on any longer,’ he said. ‘Because these big companies, Apple, Amazon, Google, they have just destroyed what was likely a billion dollar company. Poof, it’s gone.
‘It’s more than just the financial aspects of that. Republicans have no way to communicate. It doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or conservative. If you don’t want to be regulated by left wingers that are at Twitter and Facebook and Instagram, where you get shadow banned, nobody gets to see you. They get to decide what’s violent or not violent.’
He continued: ‘I don’t know where the hell the Department of Justice is right now, or the FBI. This is clearly a violation of anti-trust, civil rights, the RICO statute.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Megan Sheets