Amazon Is Booting Parler Off Of Its Web Hosting Service, which means that unless it can find another host, once the ban takes effect, Parler will go offline.
And even if Parler does find a new host, as The NYTimes tells us Apple finally pulled Parler off the AppStore:
“Over the past several months, Parler has become one of the fastest-growing apps in the United States. Millions of President Trump’s supporters have flocked to it as Facebook and Twitter increasingly cracked down on posts that spread misinformation and incited violence, including muzzling Mr. Trump by removing his accounts this past week. By Saturday morning, Apple listed Parler as the No. 1 free app for its iPhones.”
“But hours later, Apple said it had removed Parler from its App Store. Google had made a similar move a day earlier.”
Which effectively means that it will remain on existing iPhones, but there is no way for fresh installs, as Apple controls the Installer.
I’m sure that
the hot mess of Malware, er, Android phones can have pirate installs, but their users will be on their own to find.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) finds the silver lining for Republicans in all this: they have a new Archvillain to rally against: Big Tech censoring them!
Republicans are fuming, but the timing of Donald Trump’s Twitter ban couldn’t have been better for the party.
Fractured in the aftermath of Trump’s defeat and a riot the president helped incite at the Capitol, the GOP found a unifying foil in the social media platform’s erasure of the president — elevating Big Tech‘s status in the culture wars from an annoying foe to archvillain.
Or as someone on Twitter countered, forcing The People to hear the messages of The Government is something that China would do.
Prepare for a new entry in the Culture Wars.
UPDATE 1: Axios’ email thingie headline: Tech is our regulator and speech cop.
Jeebus, Jim, give it a break. Republican talking points are so… January 6.
UPDATE 2: Too little, way too late: