Big Tech has worked hard this week to silence the voices of conservatives across the country, not only by banning President Trump and purging many conservative accounts on their social media platforms, but also by attacking alternative platforms like Parler.
Parler, a haven of free speech, exploded in popularity this year, particularly right after Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump following the riots at the Capitol building. Amazon, which hosted the site, booted them from their servers over the weekend.
Now their name has been registered to Epik, which is also hosting the service on their servers. Gab, another free speech social media platform, is also hosted on Epik.
Epik put out a statement on Monday claiming it had no discussion of providing future services to Parler. Epik did acknowledge, however, that Parler was “working on satisfying the requested terms placed upon them.”
Epik also defended Parler and said that it was being unfairly treated in comparison to its larger competitors Twitter and Facebook, which create an “undeniable double standard” when it comes to their policing and enforcement of content.
Earlier Monday, Amazon stopped providing cloud services to Parler, causing the website to go offline. Apple and Google have also removed the Parler app from their platforms. These actions have brought the platform to a standstill, just days after it was the most downloaded application in the country on Friday.
Parler has filed a lawsuit against Amazon saying that the company’s actions against them were unfair, anti-competitive, and politically motivated, since Amazon, which also hosts Twitter, has not taken similar action against them despite the existence of similar violent content.
The company claims that without the support of Amazon, “Parler is finished as it has no way to get online.” Parler said that if they have to switch to a different service provider, it would cause the platform to experience some serious financial hardship since they will have to retool the site.
Folks, we’re watching the left engage in an all out assault against free speech. This is a dangerous time for those of us who love liberty. Do not let your guard down. Keep fighting the good fight, and doing so without violence or hate in your heart.