At this point is anyone surprised that Lord Damp Nut tried to shake-down Parler?
Local Wise Guy Wants To Wet His Beak would be my headline, but what do I know?
The Trump Organization negotiated on behalf of then-president Donald Trump to make Parler his primary social network, but it had a condition: an ownership stake in return for joining, according to documents and four people familiar with the conversations. The deal was never finalized, but legal experts said the discussions alone, which occurred while Trump was still in office, raise legal concerns with regards to anti-bribery laws.
I bet that went over well with the Mercers.
Talks between members of Trump’s campaign and Parler about Trump’s potential involvement began last summer, and were revisited in November by the Trump Organization after Trump lost the 2020 election to the Democratic nominee and current president, Joe Biden. Documents seen by BuzzFeed News show that Parler offered the Trump Organization a 40% stake in the company. It is unclear as to what extent the former president was involved with the discussions.
Earlier this week, the Mercers You’re Fired’ed the Parler founder and CEO John Matze, who was trying to get the de-platformed app back on the App Store and Google Play (and carried by Amazon Web Services) by, you know, trying to kick off the actual Nazis and other domestic terrorists and introduce moderation that might keep them from being sued.
Matze, who said he was fired as Parler CEO last week by Mercer, told the Journal that before he was fired he had tried to implement more content moderation so that Apple and Google would allow the app back into their app stores. He said his suggestion to ban groups based on affiliations with designated domestic terrorism organizations was ultimately resisted by the board.
Well, so much for Hair Füror being able to bring his followers along to Parler, amirite?
The article goes on at great length about the toils of Parler, noted revisionist er, memoirist JD Vance of Hillbilly Elegy fame makes a surprise appearance, too.