The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
USA- The hypocrisy of big tech knows no bounds. Last week, Amazon terminated its hosting contract with upstart social media company Parler, claiming users posted language to the site that might “incite violence.”
Not like “#KillMikePence” or “#HangTrump” or pictures of Kathy Griffin holding a facsimile of President Trump’s severed head, like say on Twitter. And apparently Parler wasn’t hosting merchants on its site selling t-shirts reading “Kill All Republicans” or a mug which read, “Where is Lee Harvey Oswald now that we really need him?” such as is available on Amazon.com, Breitbart News reported.
Amazon’s termination of Parler from its web hosting platform AWS followed closely on the heels of both Apple and Google removing the Parler app from their respective app stores.
One would almost think that Amazon, Google and Apple colluded with each other to punish Parler, where a number of conservatives had fled from the censorship of Twitter and Facebook.
That would almost seem like…what’s it called…creating a monopoly? Perhaps a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act?
What makes the move by Amazon even more hypocritical was uncovered by the Media Research Center, which found more than 204 examples or products sold on Amazon’s online platform which promote violence, a number of which target President Trump, Republicans and police officers.
Examples? One vendor on Amazon, Florence & Partner sells a black t-shirt reading “Kill All Republicans.” Apparently that doesn’t “incite violence.”
Not violent enough for you? How about a coffee mug available on Amazon that reads, “Where is Lee Harvey Oswald now that we really need him?” with “Trump” written in the title of the merchandise. Oswald of course is the man who was accused of assassinating President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in November 1963.
More examples? A “Donald Trump Knife Rack,” which is described as “the perfect gift,” depicting the head of the president filled with steak knives; the piece is described as the “exceptional conversation starter.”
How about a t-shirt with an image of the president killing himself with a handgun? Not violent enough? Amazon also offers a Halloween decoration which resembles a decapitated head of President Trump. The listing reads, “Be terrified of this life-size decapitated dead zombie head and its mangled face and bloody neck.” No violence there.
Oh, so maybe Amazon’s terms of service prohibit the glorification of violence unless that violence is directed toward political enemies. Got it.
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While Democrats criticized police officers all summer long, referring to them as storm troopers, Nazis and Gestapo, they have suddenly found a new appreciation for police officers when THEY were the alleged targets on January 6 at our nation’s Capitol building. One Capitol police officer, Brian Sicknick died of injuries received at the riot. Four others also died as a result of the mayhem.
Meanwhile, Amazon sells all manner of anti-cop merchandise, including over 100 which contain the slogan ACAB, an acronym for “All Cops Are Bastards,” which has been popular among far-left anarchists rioting across the US on behalf of Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
Amazon also appeals to the “French Revolution” component of the socialist segment of American society, featuring t-shirts with guillotines prominently displayed, in one case saying, “Be the guillotine you want to see in the world.” Amazon also features a phone case with the words, “Guillotine the Rich.” Ironically, or not, last summer protesters setup a guillotine outside the home of Amazon owner Jeff Bezos. It isn’t known if the socialists who set it up purchased the guillotine off of Amazon, but that would be an amazing coincidence.
According to Amazon’s terms of service, the company “does not allow products that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views. We’ll also remove listings that graphically portray violence or victims of violence.” Hmmm…isn’t that weird? You mean Amazon violates their own terms of service?
Amazon claims to ban “products that promote, incite or glorify hate or violence towards any person or group.” Apparently, President Trump, Republicans, and police officers are not considered a “person or group.”
The sheer hypocrisy of Amazon in taking action against Parler for hosting content that may “incite violence” while inflating Bezos’ bank account by selling merchandise that clearly incites and glorifies violence is unbelievable.
Parler filed an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon last week, claiming that Amazon’s action to kick the social media site off its web hosting service was politically motivated or the result of “political animus.”
The timing of Amazon’s move, at around the same time that Google and Apple moved on the company, and just days after Twitter permanently removed President Trump from its platform is too much of a coincidence to ignore.
Conservatives, tired of Twitter and Facebook’s clear animus against right-leaning members by purging followers or deleting tweets had been flocking to Parler, which does not censor content based on political leanings.
While Twitter and Facebook have so-called “fact-checkers” who remove “questionable” content, Parler did not do that. Parler did ban violent or threatening posts, but unlike Twitter and Facebook, didn’t stalk user’s accounts and monetize them.
In the antitrust suit, Parler said that an Amazon Web Services (AWS) representative had “repeatedly asked whether the President had joined or would join Parler now that he was blocked by Twitter and Facebook.
Breitbart noted they had reached out to Amazon for comment on the questionable merchandise on their site and whether, given their termination of Parler’s account for “inciting violence,” they would be removing such merchandise from their website.
Breitbart said that after Amazon got caught in their abject hypocrisy by Breitbart, some of the merchandise mentioned above has now been removed from the site.
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