It’s Dead, Jim

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!

GOP prepares for battle with new archvillain

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:

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10 Responses to It’s Dead, Jim

  1. sos says:

    File this under: Impotent Rage

    Telemetry detects zero chance of Republican BigTechghaaaazzzziiii hearings

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  2. Two things, they’ll just move to the current hosting site of 8-Kun (formerly 8-chan, home of Q) and jeeze do any or these maroons know that there’s a unified app for all of them on Apple and Android devices? Called ‘web browsers’ .

    The big thing that’ll hurt them is not having to find a new hosting service, but when the CC companies stop processing transactions for them. That’ll piss off the mass of rip-off artists “entreprenooers” who have flocked to the site to fleece make valuable offers to the suckers.

    And the Republirage against the machine has started.

    One of the bills on tap for this years TSKoA nutjob legipalooza is a proposed bill :

    Levying fees on internet platforms that act as ‘publishers,’ meaning they edit and remove certain content versus simply allowing anyone to post.

    Constitution, Schmonstoitution!

    And this dim bulb from Mesa:

    Take ‘Sharpiegate.’ That’s the claim that felttipped pens used in some counties at polling places bled through to the other side of the two-sided ballots, affecting votes and resulting in some ballots not being counted.
    Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, wants to bar county officials from mandating the use of any specific marker.
    Maricopa County officials said Sharpies are the marker recommended by the manufacturer of the counting machines because the ink dries quickly while other pens leave smears in the machines, which require them to be taken offline and cleaned. And races on the back of the ballot are offset so that a stray bleedthrough on one side could not affect choices on the back, they said.
    Townsend conceded to Capitol Media Services she has an ulterior motive.
    ‘In order to comply with the legislation, they will have to terminate their lease with Dominion (Voting Systems) and go with a different company,’ she said, saying those other firms don’t allow use of Sharpies.

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    • MDavis says:

      Levying fees on internet platforms that act as ‘publishers,’ meaning they edit and remove certain content versus simply allowing anyone to post.

      Is this an invitation to those platforms to institute a zip code policy? Those in the zip codes affect by this, if it passed, would be denied access with a nice little explanation of exactly why. “The actions of [legislator’s name] and the TSKoA legislator have made it necessary to restrict access from this zip code. To continue pay [this percentage of fine] as an access fee to allow us to comply with competing laws and ethical considerations.”
      But that is actually too long. It would need to lead off with the names of those responsible for egregious fines.
      If they can do it for ad blocker, they can do it for zip code registrations or access point ping backs or what ever that would be called.

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  3. osirisopto says:

    Last month I was sure Parker would be taken down for all the kiddie porn and rape videos. I never would have imagined it would be because of planning insurrection.

    Maybe someone should explain to them that insurrection is not the same as getting it in.

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  4. spotthedog says:

    Orangeblob says he may just up and build his own platform like he knows what that means. I know he did not seem to have any sort of ‘political platform’ to present in the recent election. I am handy with a hammer and saw and would be glad to build him a wooden platform, it would have a sort of trapdoor in the center.

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  5. Bruce388 says:

    If Parler needs a home on the internet, I have a 16GB flash drive I can rent to them at a very attractive price.

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    • MDavis says:

      That led me to a lot of complaining about right-wingers losing twitter followers. Did anyone consider that maybe the Bear trolls now have other targets to follow now that these guys are no longer relevant?

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