Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said that the attack to the social network Parler implies a violation of several laws by Big Tech Amazon, Apple, and Google, and therefore he asked for an investigation by organized crime.
Nunes said the joint action is “clearly a violation” of the Antitrust Act, the Racketeering, Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act, and civil rights, according to Fox News on Jan. 10.
“I don’t know where the hell the Department of Justice is at right now or the FBI,” said Nunes, who is the senior member of the House Standing Committee on Intelligence.
“There should be a racketeering investigation on all the people that coordinated this attack on not only a company, but on all of those like us,” Nunes emphasized.
He added, “I have 3 million supporters in Parler, tonight I will no longer be able to communicate with those people, and they are Americans.
Amazon Web Services’s (AWS) untimely canceled the Parler site without at least allowing enough time for it to be installed in the infrastructure of another provider.
Parler CEO John Matze estimates that the network could be down for at least a week.
The download of the Parler application was banned from App stores, and both Google and Apple suspended it from their respective markets, imposing a requirement to apply censorship similar to that of Twitter and Facebook, which they call content moderation.
For Nunes “the effect of this is that there is no longer a free and open social media company or site for any American to get on,” stressing that Apple, Amazon, and Google “have just destroyed” Parler, according to Fox News.
The removal of Parler followed the indefinite suspension of the accounts of President Donald Trump and many of his loyal followers, supporting the demonstration in Washington on Jan. 6, accusing them of promoting violence.
Nunes mentioned the hypocrisy with which Twitter allowed 14,000 tweets of the “hang Pence” trend and did not prohibit its apps.
Censorship on the large networks has caused indignation and alarm in the United States, because it threatens freedom of expression, said President Trump, who after activating his accounts on platforms like Parler and Gab, plans to create his own platform, according to one of his tweets.
“As I’ve been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with Democrats and the radical left to remove my account from their platform, to silence me – and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me,” Trump said.
He added, “Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230, it couldn’t exist for long. I predicted this would happen.”
The president continued, “We have been negotiating with several other sites, and we will have a big announcement soon, while also looking at the possibilities of building our own platform in the near future.”
Warning: “We will not be SILENCED! Twitter is not about FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. It’s about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely, STAY ATTENTIVE,” Trump concluded.
— Venezuela Libre (@urdanetajd) January 9, 2021