Seditionists are Mad Because Parler Cooperated With the FBI
Right-wing crazies and aspiring federal government usurpers erupted into a digital kanipshin over the weekend after discovering that Parler, a niche social networking community that caters to fringe political dissidents, had handed over content relating to the January 6th siege on the United States Capitol to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Mashable reported on Sunday:
Just as Congress was finishing up the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter at a hearing on Thursday, Parler published its response to a separate Congressional inquiry into the company’s ties and finances.
In its letter, Parler accused the Big Tech companies of trying to scapegoat the right wing social network in order to avoid accountability for their own roles in what transpired on Jan. 6 when supporters of then-President Donald Trump violently stormed the U.S. Capitol building. Parler also called for an investigation into collusion between the Big Tech companies and alleged anticompetitive practices.
One major point Parler focuses on its letter is that the company ‘referred violent content and incitement from Parler’s platform over 50 times before January 6th’ as well as ‘specific threads of violence’ relating to events being planned at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
However, Parler’s attempt to pile on Facebook while its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was being admonished by Congress members seems to have backfired.
A spokesperson for the app posted in a statement to its main page on Saturday that the First Amendment’s protections of free speech as outlined in the Constitution are null and void in instances that threaten violence:
In reaction to yesterday’s news stories, some users have raised questions about the practice of referring violent or inciting content to law enforcement. The First Amendment does not protect violence-inciting speech, nor the planning of violent acts. Such content violates Parler’s TOS. Any violent content shared with law enforcement was posted publicly and brought to our attention primarily via user reporting. And, as it is posted publicly, it can properly be referred to law enforcement by anyone. Parler remains steadfast in protecting your right to free speech.
Read the full back story, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.