Parler Users Called For Shooting Police Before Site Was Taken Down
While Donald Trump’s supporters, along with right-wing politicians and commentators, have called Amazon’s cutting off of services to Parler a violation of free speech, a release of several violent threats on the site before the takedown show exactly why the web service gave the social media Trump haven an ultimatum. Amazon’s hosting service advised Parler that if they wouldn’t impose moderation standards forbidding violent and threatening content, the site would be shut down. Content cited as examples includes a call to murder Capitol Police.
Court Listener obtained a copy of filings in which Amazon Web Services, Inc. explains their decision to not be party to threatening content. It includes a long list of examples of the posts that led to the site’s removal.
A few follow, with minimal editing for clarity, but please be warned that they are extremely graphic and disturbing, and read on with caution.
“Shoot the police that protect these sh**bag senators right in the head then make the senator grovel a bit before capping they a**.”
“We are going to fight in a civil war on Jan 20th. Form militias now and acquire targets.”
“On January 20, we need to start systematically assassinating liberal leaders, liberal activists, BLM leaders and supporters….I already have a newsworthy event planned.”
Other posts call for, threaten to, or imply plans to, kill Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg of Twitter and Facebook, Georgia activist Stacey Abrams, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and a long list of other individuals, as well as Black and Jewish people en masse.
As The Verge points out, Amazon, has promised to restore service as soon as Parler execs agree to comply with the web service’s TOS, moderating and removing blatant calls to violence. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that restoral to the app store would be equally simple.