“The World According To Ben Stein” live on YouTube…
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 7:00 PM PST/10:00 PM EST with Ben Stein and The Disciples.
Tonight on “The World According To Ben Stein”; Ben Stein, Judah Friedman, Ben Boychuk, and Remso W. Martinez welcome special guest, Veteran, former Special Agent, and creator/owner of The Simple Life, Gary Collins to talk about Amazon banning Parler, “big tech” banning President Trump, and the silencing of millions of Trump supporters around the country.
If you’re like me, you’re wanting to know how and when the suppression of our voices will be lifted. Like me, you’re sitting in frustration wondering what the heck is going on and how the heck this happened, so be sure to tune in tonight to find out more…
Tonight:Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 7:00 PM PST/10:00 PM EST.
Parler filed suit Monday against Amazon in federal court in Seattle, contending the cloud-computing services provider violated antitrust law and breached the terms of its contract when it pulled the plug on Parler in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. That day, mobs loyal to President Donald Trump breached congressional chambers to demand lawmakers overturn the presidential election. Parler asked the judge for a temporary restraining order that would allow it to keep using Amazon’s web-hosting services.
The same day, Parler transferred its domain name to Sammamish-based Epik, which hosts the similar far-right social media network Gab.
That’s not to say Parler lives again: The conservative Twitter competitor will still need to migrate its operations to a new hosting provider.
And Parler’s suit against Amazon got off to a bumbling start. The social network filed a day late, obviating its request for a temporary restraining order. Nor did it serve Amazon with its complaint, as court rules require. The judge ordered Parler to serve Amazon with the complaint before 5 p.m. Monday or risk having the case thrown out. As of 7 p.m. Monday, it remained unclear whether Parler had complied.
Tech giants took swift action to suspend or restrict social media accounts belonging to Trump and his supporters, saying those users had instigated the mayhem at the Capitol. The purge prompted many of those users to flee to Parler, which briefly became the No. 1 free app downloaded on Apple’s App Store, according to the lawsuit.
Amazon terminated Parler’s accounts Sunday, saying the social network had violated its terms of service by inadequately policing content on the site. In its letter to Parler, Amazon included screenshots of posts advocating and glorifying violence against Trump opponents, and noted there had been a “steady increase” of such violent content on the social network.
Parler accused Amazon of collaborating with Twitter, in violation of antitrust laws, to “kill Parler’s business — at the very time it is set to skyrocket,” according to the complaint.
“Because of AWS false claims, leaked to the public, Parler has not only lost current and future customers, but Parler has also been unable to find an alternative web-hosting company,” the company wrote in its complaint. “In short, AWS’ false claims have made Parler a pariah.”
But Parler’s move to Epik casts doubt upon that statement. The attorney representing Parler in the suit, Spokane-based David Groesbeck, could not be reached for comment. As of Monday evening, Groesbeck’s website redirected to an “under construction” page, but online reviews indicate he specializes in small business and property disputes. Several real estate holding companies and a tobacco import business are registered in his name.
Epik has emerged in recent years as a home for far-right websites, hosting conspiracy theory channel InfoWars and neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer in addition to Gab.
Epik issued a lengthy and circuitous statement Sunday castigating Twitter and Facebook for suspending accounts of Trump and his supporters and drawing an equivalency between the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and ongoing protests over police brutality, sparked by the death of George Floyd last summer.
“Without smarter discernment outside of a mob-based judgement [sic] of instant convenience, the decisions we make now may ultimately be utilized to reduce liberties that many take for granted,” the statement said.
In the same statement, however, Epik pointed to its own efforts to strip dangerous content from the internet. In 2018, Epik announced it would stop hosting far-right message board 8chan after law enforcement linked its users to three mass shootings.
Epik CEO Rob Monster, reached by phone Monday, declined to comment further on the statement, which was signed by the company’s senior vice president for communications, but said it was reflective of his viewpoints.
In October, the company posted a series of blog posts riddled with conspiracy theories after PayPal terminated the domain registrar’s account. The online payments processor said it could no longer bear the risk of working with Epik, Mashable reported at the time.
Parler is likely to be down “longer than expected” due to vendors following the cue sent by Amazon, Google, and Apple, CEO John Matze said Monday.
“We will likely be down longer than expected,” Matze wrote in a statement. “This is not due to software restrictions — we have our software and everyone’s data ready to go. Rather it’s that Amazon’s, Google’s, and Apple’s statements to the press about dropping our access has caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well.”
“Most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us,” he added. “We will update everyone and update the press when we are back online.”
Matze had previously expressed hope that his company would be back in business by the end of the week.
Amazon, which Parler had used for hosting services, announced Saturday it would drop the website as a client before the end of the weekend. That decision came after Friday announcements by Apple and Google that those companies would evict Parler from their App stores if it failed to develop a plan for moderating user content, a request that Matze refused to accommodate.
The platform, which casts itself as a haven for social media users seeking free speech, has been under fire after Wednesday’s uprising at the Capitol for allegedly allowing users to threaten violence, most prominently from Georgia attorney Lin Wood, who has used the site to suggest an attack on Vice President Mike Pence.
Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet. There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. We prepared for events like this by never relying on amazons proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products. We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies. This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. We were too successful too fast. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out. #speakfreely
If you haven’t already haven’t done so already… BAN and STOP using: Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Pinterest, Twitter, Twitch, and very other business that does not support President Trump, Free Speech, freedom of information!
I have listened to everyone else’s hatred and rhetoric for months, so now I am having my day. If you don’t like it, you know where the delete button is. Let me be clear, I am not a Biden fan. I think he is corrupt, a liar, and probably suffering from dementia. He has done nothing to improve anything in his 47-year political career. But what has Trump done in the past 4 years? The “arrogant” in the White House brokered two Middle East Peace Accords, something that 71 years of political intervention and endless war failed to produce. The “buffoon” in the White House is the first president that has not engaged us in a foreign war since Eisenhower The “racist” in the White House has had the greatest impact on the economy, bringing jobs, and lowering unemployment to the Black and Latino population of ANY other president. Ever. The “liar” in the White House has exposed the deep, widespread, and long-standing corruption in the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, and the Republican and Democratic parties. The “buffoon” in the White House turned NATO around and had them start paying their dues. The “fool” in the White House neutralized the North Koreans and stopped them sending missiles toward Japan, and threatening the West Coast of the US. The “xenophobe” in the White House turned our relationship with the Chinese around, brought hundreds of business back to the US, and revived the economy. Hello????? The “clown” in the White House has accomplished the appointing of three Supreme Court Justices who believe in the rights of the unborn, and close to 300 Federal Judges. This same clown lowered your taxes, increased the standard deduction on your IRS return from $12,500 to $24,400 for married couples and caused the stock market to rise to record levels, positively impacting the retirement accounts of tens of millions of citizens. The clown in the White House fast-tracked the development of a COVID Vaccine which will be available soon. And yet we still don’t have a vaccine for SARS, Bird Flu, Ebola, or a host of diseases that arose during previous administrations. The clown in the White House rebuilt our military which the Obama administration crippled and fired 214 key generals and admirals in his first year of office. I got it, you don’t like him. Many of you utterly hate and despise him. How special of you. He is serving you and ALL the American people. What are you doing besides calling him names and laughing about him catching the China virus. Some of you were even hoping that COVID would be the cause of his demise. Please educate me again as to what Biden has accomplished for America in his 47 years in office, besides making the whole Biden family richer! By the way, where is Hunter? I’ll take the ‘clown’ any day versus a fork tongued, smooth talking hypocritical corrupt liar. I want a strong leader who isn’t afraid to kick some ass when needed. I don’t need a fatherly figure. I don’t need a liar. That’s what Hollywood, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS and the New York Times are for. Call me a chump, a racist, or part of the basket of deplorables. I do not care! God bless Donald Trump – the most unappreciated President in U.S. history.
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