Saturday, January 9, 2021

Should Parler be taken down?

 Calling the violent mob attack on the Capitol what it was: sedition... by federal statute definition and the penalty: 20 years. On this basis alone, social media taking down posting with plans, supporting and coordination of sedition like Twitter have a firm legal ground. In their use as the communication vehicle for those committing sedition, sites like Parler that plan to continue as the platform for sedition need to be considered as those aiding and abetting sedition. This is not a freedom of press or first amendment rights issue. There is nothing in the Constitution that protects those who incite revolution or violence against the US. Parler's Amazon server platform was taken down late January 10..

Update 1/10/21

18 U.S.C. § 2384 defines seditious conspiracy as follows:
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.""
Who and what is Parler? From Wikipedia:" Parler has not publicly disclosed the identities of its owners besides founder John Matze.[27] Rebekah Mercer, an investor known for her contributions to conservative individuals and organizations, is a co-founder of the company, and conservative political commentator Dan Bongino has said he is an owner.[1][33] As of November 2020, according to Parler, the service had about 4 million active users and over 10 million total users.[2][3]
Noting complaints that Parler was used to coordinate the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, Apple informed Parler executives on January 8, 2021 that its mobile app would be removed from the App Store within 24 hours if Parler did not improve its moderation policy.[34][35] Parler was removed from the Google Play Store on the same day.[36][37][35]"
Parler - Wikipedia
Parler - Wikipedia
Parler (/pɑːrlər/, PAR-ler) is an American microblogging and social networking service launched in August 2018. Parler has a significant user base of Donald Trump supporters, conservatives, conspiracy theorists, and right-wing extremists.[5][6][7][8] Posts on the service often contain far-right c...

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