January 09, 2021
from RT Website
at an office building in Zurich
© Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann
Apple and Google have commanded Parler, a social network used by conservatives, to police its users.
In effect, what their warning issued to Parler means,
Google suspended Parler from its 'Play Store', declaring that it will shut the network until it rigorously polices its app.
Apple was reported to have followed suit giving Parler 24 hours to fall in line,
Apple and Google's declaration of war on Parler has serious implications.
In the aftermath of President Trump being forced off Facebook and Twitter, it was expected that millions of his supporters would turn to Parler to freely express their convictions.
Big Tech censorship is nothing new.
Facebook has used the 'pandemic' to expand its policing of what can be posted.
Initially it stated that it would continue to remove,
...while deploying its army of fact-checkers to flag certain posts, depress their distribution, and direct sharers of such material to 'reliable' information.
That Big Tech sees itself as a veritable global power that stands above elected governments was strikingly illustrated by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, when he announced that,
This humiliation of the American president indicates that a handful of billionaire capitalists now get to decide,
Big Tech companies censoring their own platforms is bad enough.
However, when they take it upon themselves to determine how another independent social network must police itself, they have in effect assumed a tyrannical role over the entire internet.
Their declaration of war on Parler, indicates that they see themselves as not simply private companies but,
It is likely that Parler will be forced to cave in and accept the terms imposed on it by Apple and Google.
John Matze, Parler's CEO, has gone on record to state that he believes that,
If Parler is forced to fall in line with the edict issued by Big Tech then it will constitute the greatest blow struck against internet freedom so far.
Despite its rhetoric of supporting diversity, Big Tech is distinctly opposed to the diversity of opinion.
As recent events show,
Restoring the freedom to express whatever view you want to put forward on the internet is one of the most important challenges confronting genuine democrats.