Parler finds refuge with web hosting service that says big tech giants held a ‘double standard’

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Following the ban that Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and many other platforms have placed on President Donald Trump in an attempt to silence him, Americans were left searching for a way to gather the uncensored truth. 

Many turned to a popular app called Parler, which has a reputation as being right-leaning, and Donald Trump supporting. It also has the reputation however, of delivering actual information, not the censored bias information that is being released by most major media outlets. 

On Friday, January 8th, Parler became the number one most downloaded app in the country as a direct result of the censorship that took place. 

Obviously this could not be allowed, since the United States media giants have now been allowed to silence those with whom they do not agree with. Over this past weekend, many Big Tech companies moved to take down Parler, however they have now found a new company to try to help them keep their website up and running. 

Amazon was one of the latest Big Tech companies to harm Parler, when they stopped providing cloud service, joining Google and Apple in halting Parler in its tracks. 

On Monday, January 11th, Parler registered its domain and server to be hosted by Epik, an internet webhosting company known for working with right-leaning websites. Gab, another social media platform popular with conservatives, also uses Epik. A web domain search shows that Parler is now registered with Epik, the Washington Examiner reported.

Epik also released a statement on Monday, saying it had no conversations or discussions with Parler on providing them with future services, but they did acknowledge that Parler was “working on satisfying the requested terms placed upon them.”

In the statement, Epik also noted that in comparison to Facebook and Twitter, Parler was being unfairly treated, and a double standard has been created.  

The statement read in part:

“The staggering size of Twitter and Facebook alone, have made real change or accountability almost impossible, as the political interests and objectives of their own executives end up creating an undeniable double standard for both policing and enforcement”

Parler sued Amazon on Monday, alleging that the tech giant’s actions are unfair, anti-competitive, and politically motivated because Amazon has not taken any action against Twitter for similar violent content on its platform. Twitter is also a client of Amazon Web Services business for hosting websites, the Washington Examiner reported.

In its lawsuit, Parler claimed that, without Amazon’s support:

“Parler is finished as it has no way to get online.”

Parler also said that switching to a different service provider, like Epik, in order to host its platform would require significant changes to its website, which would cause the website to go offline for a “financially devastating period.”

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This is not the first time Big Tech companies have blocked the voices of those they do not agree with. Just last month, Law Enforcement Today had its Facebook account shut down. Here is more on that. 

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Big glitch?  Or big tech targeting?

Parler finds refuge with web hosting service that says big tech giants held a 'double standard'

Facebook appears to be at it again, censoring what they deem too “conservative”, apparently.

Without any explanation blocked every one of Law Enforcement Today’s pages from posting to the social media platform, effective Sunday morning, with no way of appealing the decision.

This follows a restriction put on Law Enforcement Today on December 9 for no clear reason:

Parler finds refuge with web hosting service that says big tech giants held a 'double standard'

“Page Restrictions— Your page is at risk of being restricted for repeated violations against our standards on ‘Inauthentic Behavior.’ Your page may also experience reduced distribution.”

Knowing that here, at Law Enforcement Today we only report on real stories, I looked up Facebook’s “inauthentic behavior” to see how real stories could possibly fall into that category. Here is what some of their standards said:

“…We want to allow for the range of diverse ways that identity is expressed across our global community, while also preventing impersonation and identity misrepresentation…”

“In line with our commitment to authenticity, we don’t allow people to misrepresent themselves on Facebook, use fake accounts, artificially boost the popularity of content, or engage in behaviors designed to enable other violations under our Community Standards.”

The BigTech social media platform also claims that they will not allow the use of their services or that they will disable accounts if a member does any of the following:

“Severely violate our Community Standards;

Persistently violate our Community Standards;

Represent dangerous Individuals or Organizations;

Create or use an account that demonstrates an intent to violate our Community Standards;

Create an account, page, group or event to evade our enforcement actions;

Impersonate others;

Are under 13-years-old;

Are a convicted sex offender and/or;

Are prohibited from receiving our products, services, or software under applicable laws.”

After reviewing their Community Standards, it seems that the BigTech company had absolutely zero reason to shut down Law Enforcement Today, as our content and what we post does not fall into ANY of the categories listed in Facebook’s Community Standards.

This is censorship and bullying at its finest.

In another message, we were warned:

“We limit how often you can post, comment, or do other things in a given amount of time in order to help protect the community from spam. You can try again later. If you think this doesn’t go against our Community Standards, let us know.”

Our content most certainly does not go against any of their Community Standards and their continued effort to censor conservative news outlets as well as pro-police reporting news is alarming. However, they are not the first BigTech company to shut what we are saying and unfortunately, I am sure they will not be the last.

Earlier in the year, LinkedIn shut down the account of Law Enforcement Today’s National Spokesman, Kyle Reyes, for sharing an LET article that they called “fake news.” Yet, the article posted was backed with video evidence that was widely reported in the news.

Our platform, which is one of the largest online homes of law enforcement and supporters in the world, continues to be scrutinized in harsh ways as well as being flagged for “fake news” in articles that have direct quotes from the people who said them.

There was absolutely no reason for LinkedIn to disable Reyes’ account other than the obvious fact that LinkedIn employees’ values and beliefs do not align with those of LET. LinkedIn is apparently not pro-police and capitalized on the opportunity to mess with a major contributor to the law enforcement community. Reyes said:

“It seems consistent that when I share pro-law enforcement content on LinkedIn, it’s either throttled or shut down. A lot of my posts are. LinkedIn either sees me as being too outspoken in support of law enforcement or apparently too conservative to have a voice on the platform.”

Months later, LinkedIn permanently shut down Reyes’ account for reporting a story about a man who tried to kill cops. He was banned for “gratuitously shocking content.” That was what the last email from LinkedIn stated, after a myriad of emails claiming that his content was “false and misleading” despite that they were REAL stories out in mainstream media.

In October, LET publicly announced that they were endorsing Donald J. Trump for President of the United States and moments after Trump shared the article, LET was inundated with hate messages as well as banned from Twitter for days.

So, let’s recap…Facebook, Instagram (which is now owned by FB), Twitter, and LinkedIn have all, at one point or an other, banned, disabled, or heavily censored LET. Every time there is zero explanation and when we review their “guidelines” or “rules,” we find that we do not violate any of them.

This is highly targeted censorship and LET is not the only pro-police organization that is getting throttled by these BigTech companies.

Running 4 Heroes Inc, a non-profit founded by a then-10-year-old, who is now 12, seeks to raise funds for First Responders while also paying tribute to Fallen Heroes through running. Their Instagram page was recently removed for “violating the terms” of Instagram. 

Of course when the non-profit questioned Instagram on why their page was randomly removed, they were unable to provide the exact “specific terms” that the non-profit violated:

Censorship at its finest. The non-profit attempted to dispute the removal, but was unsuccessful.

They are still active on Facebook, but I would not be surprised if that account became disabled sooner than later since the BigTech company is apparently threatened by the philanthropic work of a young man who supports those who protect and serve.

On Wednesday, December 9th, the Federal Trade Commission, along with 46 states, D.C., and Guam, filed a massive pair of anti-trust lawsuits accusing Facebook of illegally monopolizing the social-media market by buying up potential rivals such as Instagram and WhatsApp while freezing out third-party developers from its platform unless they promised to not create competing services.

The government is seeking to dismantle the company as punishment; this is a concerted, full-frontal assault on Mark Zuckerberg’s empire.

Facebook tried for years to court and placate Republicans, but their failed efforts came to light when an investigation back in 2016 revealed that human moderators had “routinely suppressed” conservative content.

Facebook as well as the other BigTech companies continue to deny any “politically motivated” censorship or conservative voices or viewpoints. 

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