Bartiromo: Parler ban coordinated effort ‘to put a competitor out of business

Bartiromo: Parler ban coordinated effort 'to put a competitor out of business'

FOX Business anchor Maria Bartiromo argued on Monday that the suspension of upstart social media platform Parler deur Amazon, appel en Google following Wednesday’s Amerikaanse. Oproer van die Capitol could be “Samespanning” and a coordinated effortto put a competitor out of business.

Speaking onAmerica's Newsroom” Maandag, the morning after Amazon Web Services (AWS) suspended Parler, Bartiromo called the bans by Big Tech acoordinated attackagainst the alternative social media platform and free speech.

Parler went down early Monday following AWSdecision to suspend Parler from its cloud hosting service.

Amazon says the move was made for violating AWSterms of services by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content, according to an email by an AWS Trust and Safety team to Parler, seen by Reuters. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the letter was authentic.

During an interview onMornings with Maria” Maandag, CEO John Matze told users tohold on and come backas the company figures out how to move forward.

We’re going to figure this out,” Matze said, voeg dit by “it’s going to be devastating to our business, our model [en] our potential to raise future capital.

Maandag, Bartiromo acknowledged the suspensions will have devastating consequences for Parler.

If you’re not on the app store, a company like Parler literally can go out of business,” sy het gese, daarop let “in order to grow, they need you to buy the app on the app store.

So you are looking at a coordinated effort across social media to pretty much put this company out of business,” het sy bygevoeg.


Matze also told Bartiromo on Monday thatat this point we may even have to go as far as buying and building our own data centers and buying up our own servers if we need to get back on the Internet.

But there’s still risk involved in that given what vendors are doing and the extent they’re going to get rid of us,” gaan hy voort.

He argued that Amazon, Apple and Google’s suspension of his social media platform isa pretty prime exampleof antitrust, adding that he believes Big Tech is using the violence at the Capitol as an excuse tosquashtheir first real competitor.

Speaking onSondagoggend Toekomsthe day before, Matze also called the moves to suspend his appobvious collusionand an effort tostifle free speech and competition in the marketplace.

Google suspended Parler from its app store Friday due to a failure to moderateegregious contentposted by users related to the violent siege on Capitol Hill last week.

Parler is facing criticism over Wednesday’s riot that saw supporters of President Trump storm into the U.S. Kapitool, attack police, vandalize the building and steal items.

Screenshots taken from Parler and shared on other social media platforms appear to show Parler users openly discussing plans for violence at the rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol, including bringing weapons and imagining how they would wield them against their political opponents.

Apple also suspended Parler from its App Store even as it surged to the No. 1 spot in the free apps section.

An Apple spokesperson said in a statement to FOX Business, “We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity.

Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety,” the statement continued. “We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.

Bartiromo said she finds ithard to believe that it was something happening on Parler that had anything to do with the disaster that happened on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that attacked our democracy and the breach of the Capitol.

She pointed toHang Mike Pencetrending on Twitter on Friday night, met ongeveer 14,000 tweets after the social media platform banned Trumpdue to the risk of further incitement of violence,” volgens berigte.

Bartiromo then asked, “How do you make the case that there was violence on Parler and not on all these other sites?”

Op Sondag, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Kalifornië., called for a racketeering investigation following Amazon, Apple and Google’s decisions to suspend Parler.

During an interview onSondagoggend ToekomsNunes said Amazon, Apple and Google’s suspension of Parler isclearly a violation'” van antitrust, civil rights and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which is a federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.

I don’t know where the hell the Departement van Justisie is at right now or the FBI,” the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said on Sunday.

Die volgende dag, speaking onAmerica's Newsroom,” Bartiromo agreed with Nunes saying, “This has to be something that the Department of Justice and the FBI would look at.

Bartiromo also agreed with Matze on Monday saying that Big Tech’s suspension of Parleris a perfect exampleof antitrust abusegiven the fact that these companies have become so dominant that they are able to just wipe out another company [en] put them out of business.


An FBI spokesperson told Fox News, “Per our usual policy, the FBI does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations.The DOJ did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Fox Besigheid’ Brittany De Lea, James Leggate and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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