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Conservative radio host Dan Bongino warned of Big Tech’s unchecked policing power on Fox & Friends after Parler—the free speech alternative to Twitter—was stolen from the hands of consumers by tech giants Amazon, Apple, and Google.
On Monday morning, the high-profile Parler investor warned the Fox News talking heads of their impending fate if the tech tyrants continue on their scorched earth rampage.
“Don’t be surprised if they come for Fox next,” declared Fox News co-host Brian Kilmeade. “They might not like what’s coming out of Fox. They might not like the show. Believe me.”
Bongino interjected, adding: “Brian, they’re coming for Fox now! They’re coming. CNN—Oliver Darcy, who used to pretend to be a conservative to grift for a paycheck from Campus Reform, this loser piece of garbage is calling for cable companies to deplatform Fox.”
“What are we going to talk—by carrier pigeon? You think this is going to help? You’re worried about radicals, like everyone is on this network, including me. You think this is going to de-radicalize everyone, pushing them underground to have to meet in speakeasies? You think this is helping? What planet do you live on, man?” Bongino questioned.
He continued: “You’re doing this radicalization. It’s networks like this and me who said, ‘Violence. No, no, no. There’s no place for that.’ We’ve been doing that from the beginning. It’s these other idiots. It’s these other people who have radicalized America.”
Bongino was locked out of his Twitter account for 12 hours after he posted President Donald Trump’s call to end violence in the Capitol speech, marking the breaking point for Bongino to leave the left-aligned site for Parler permanently.
Admins alleged that Bongino violated the “Civic integrity policy” under the Twitter Rules. “You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes,” Twitter told Bongino. “This includes posting or sharing content that may suppress participation or mislead people about when, where, or how to participate in a civic process.”
Bongino’s eponymous website had published an article on Trump’s statement agreeing to an orderly transition of power.
The piece mentioned that Trump couldn’t share the message given his indefinite suspension and included the since-removed offending video.
Merely tweeting out the story resulted in Bongino’s lockdown. His tweet was captioned: “Twitter wouldn’t let Trump post it himself.”
“[A]nd apparently neither can we,” wrote The Bongino Report‘s content manager Matt Palumbo. “This certainly wouldn’t have been a problem over on Parler.”
Google removed the Parler app from its Play Store on Friday shortly after Trump created his own Parler account. The president’s pivot to Parler sparked multitudes of users around the world to also migrate to the social media platform. Google’s official statement touched on allegations that Parler was used to organize and incite violence.
Apple threatened to ban Parler from its App Store, allotting 24 hours on Friday for the developers to “clean up” certain posts and adhere to Big Tech’s authoritarian censorship practices.
The admins pointed to “accusations that the Parler app was used to coordinate, plan, and facilitate the illegal activities” on Jan. 6 related to the Capitol Hill riot that led to “loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property.”
“We want to make it clear that Parler is in fact responsible for all the user generated content present on your service and for ensuring that this content meets App Store requirements for the safety and protection of our users,” the warning read, further arguing that Apple does not “distribute apps that present dangerous and harmful content.”
Apple then officialized Parler’s removal hours after the ultimatum’s deadline and pulled the app from its virtual shelves.
“Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues,” an Apple spokesperson told The Post Millennial.
Parler is now suing Amazon for “antitrust violations, breach of contract, and unlawful business interference” after Amazon’s web hosting service axed Parler.
As conservatives and free speech activists observe Parler’s complaint in federal court that may lead to the app’s reinstatement, liberals and the mainstream media are celebrating this devastating blow to the political right while oligarchs silence the opposition.