Amazon Turns Out the Lights, The Parler’s Over

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    I’ll be curious who might host Parler. Maybe a Russian service?Report

  2. Pinky says:

    It’s not even a close call who the hero is, right? Free-speech upstart versus corporate titan? I’m thinking John Lithgow and a young Dustin Hoffman type.Report

    • Oscar Gordon in reply to Pinky says:

      Sure, and if any violence actually happens, police will have all kinds of evidence.

      Assuming that the police are not joining in on it (a large number of cops were storming the castle, and are now on suspension pending an investigation).Report

    • LeeEsq in reply to Pinky says:

      Amazon is a private company, so this isn’t really censorship. Unless your position is that once a media corporation reaches a certain size, it becomes a de facto government entity. In that case said media companies should be subject to the democratic process with the body politic electing it’s officers and the profits being used for the benefit of all citizens.Report

    • Mike Schilling in reply to Pinky says:

      “Freedom is the freedom to say ‘Hang Mike Pence’. If that is granted, all else follows.”Report

      • Pinky in reply to Mike Schilling says:

        How about illegal stuff is illegal, and the entire internet doesn’t have to reside on the particular balance between publisher and platform as Twitter?Report

        • Mike Schilling in reply to Pinky says:

          If Parler deleted the illegal stuff, they wouldn’t be losing their AWS contract.Report

        • Dark Matter in reply to Pinky says:

          RE: illegal stuff is illegal

          In practice this is a LOT harder to do than it seems. “Insulting Islam” is illegal in lots of places. Stuff about Nazis is illegal in others.Report

          • Pinky in reply to Dark Matter says:

            True. My point was that anything which is illegal is already illegal, so there’s no need to add an additional layer of complexity to the argument.

            A lot of racers hang out in my local grocery store’s parking lot. Street racing is illegal. The grocery store isn’t setting up quarter-mile markers; they also haven’t fenced it off and made it approved shoppers only. I’m sure they’d cooperate if the police investigated the lot, and would have no complaints if the FBI chose to infiltrate the racers. If they wanted to change business models, they could become a grocery / parking lot security company.Report

    • Saul Degraw in reply to Pinky says:

      Ah yes, “free speech” “upstart” funded by money from known fascist Rebbekah Mercer.Report

  3. Or, Parler could stay on AWS by agreeing to remove violent content, but their whole business plan is to be the gangsta version of Twitter.Report

    • Philip H in reply to Brandon Berg says:

      Hardly. Parler got in trouble because it refused to police its content. It refused to exercise even a modicum of restraint in a civil society – all the while claiming to be a home for people whose political leanings allegedly have the market on “law and order” cornered.Report

  4. Oscar Gordon says:

    Parler sues Amazon, not over breach of contract, but over anti-trust?

    Ohhhhkay then.Report