Parler and Conservatives Versus the World of Big Tech: Who is “Winning”?

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Monday, January 11, 2021


With the recent banning of President Trump on Twitter, among other actions against conservatives, many have fled to the Social Media app of Parler. Recently, the app has been banned by both the Apple Store and the Google Play Store. As if things couldn’t get any worse for the alternative app, it was then effectively shut down by its Amazon host.

Amazon, the host provider for the site officially stated that they could not “provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others.” Amazon justifies the banning since Parler “cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety.”

Parler has since sued Amazon in an attempt to be reinstated. The lawsuit reads “AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus,” Further adding that this has been “designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.”

Twitter has been seen by many conservatives as acting against them. Years ago, they began a campaign of enforcing their “regulations” by banning figures such as Alex Jones, amongst other platforms doing the same. More recently, on top of banning President Trump’s personal and official Twitter accounts, Twitter has begun to remove thousands of followers of conservative sites and outlets all across the platform.  

Within a few days of the banning, many conservatives fled to Parler. The app was then targeted for removal from both app stores. Google stated that their “long standing policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence.” Further stating that, “In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues.”

Apple followed suit by providing an ultimatum to Parler, to either self-regulate or face removal. Parler would not back down from their defense of the First Amendment and were subsequently removed. An Apple spokesman stated, “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.”

Parler however does not seem to be backing down, and it seems its leadership will simply adapt to the circumstances with one of its most noteworthy investors, Dan Bongino stating that, “[Apple] is no different than the Chinese communist party in their preference for totalitarian thought control.” He further added that he was “embarrassed, and horrified by the tech totalitarians who’ve taken control of it.”

Today, the deadline to meet the demands of the big tech companies, Parler was shut down. They are likely to be down “for a while.” Matze further commented that, “They made an attempt to not only kill the app, but to actually destroy the entire company.” Matze elaborated that every “vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day.” 

When questioned if this would put him out of business he stated, “It would put anybody out of business.” With the future of Parler being so uncertain, conservatives have begun to wonder what to do going forward? 

Twitter’s actions are some of the most terrifying activities conducted by big tech in recent memory. 

Going forward it is difficult to say if and how Congress should treat a platform that censors speech. Some congressmen, such as Texas’s very own Ted Cruz, have threatened to regulate the platform, among others such as Facebook and Google. 

It is hard to say when that legislation would come, if ever. Censorship to this extent should never be treated lightly. Where conservatives on social media go from here is uncertain. 

I believe Matze put it best when he said, “They want to keep their monopoly over speech. They want us fighting. They don’t want us working together. They don’t want us working with each other; they want us hating one another.” 

Alex Munguia is a student at the University of Florida and is a Finance Major. Alex is a member of Turning Point USA on his campus and a volunteer with the Convention of States Project. He also helps to lead a non-profit debate organization dedicated to educating low-income high school students on how to do well in debate competitions.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Alex Munguia

Alex Munguia is a student at the University of Florida and is a Finance Major. Alex is a member of Turning Point USA on his campus and a volunteer with the Convention of States Project. He also helps to lead a non-profit debate organization dedicated to educating low-income high school students on how to do well in debate competitions.

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