In a matter of days, a series of platforms have blocked or restricted President Donald Trump. Reddit, Twitch, Shopify, Twitter, Google, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tiktok, Apple… The President of the most powerful country in the world has run out of options to communicate with his followers! And, beyond that, Big Tech has cornered conservatives.
This censorship isn’t just against the president. It is already obvious to any conservative user of Facebook or Twitter that many of the ideas we have cannot be shared on these platforms.
That is why, in the face of the brutal and blatant censorship that was heightened after the unfortunate and embarrassing events on January 6th at the Capitol, many conservatives, including Trump’s followers, decided to move over to Parler, a new social network that promises to respect freedom of expression and not censor anyone so long as they are legal and do not contain pornography.
Then came a significant blow. Parler has made us understand the overwhelming power of Big Tech. In a matter of days, they practically destroyed Parler. It doesn’t matter if many people want to use the new social network, simply if Google, Amazon and Apple decide to sink it, they will. There seems to be no way out.
Big Tech threatens Parler’s future
Initially, Google and Apple removed Parler from their platforms, preventing users from downloading it to their cell phones, which is already a potentially deadly blow. Then, came Amazon’s decision to remove Parler from its servers, leaving the social network completely off the air.
Big Tech does what it wants, arbitrarily closing accounts, prevent conservatives from communicating on the networks, shut up on the right while giving great exposure and privileges to the left accounts, and then, when a group of businessmen decides to create an alternative to allow, at least, conservatives to communicate and interact with each other, in just a few days they try to destroy it.
It is not just the technical aspect that they target. Opponents also go after the founders by questioning their morals and values, and they put pressure on suppliers and financiers to cut ties with the company.
“They made an attempt not only to remove the application, but to destroy the entire company. And it’s not just these three companies. Every provider, from text messaging services to email providers to our attorneys, also left us on the same day,” said Parler CEO John Matze.
When it comes to technology, you literally don’t exist without the permission of the five Big Tech companies, those being Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, and Amazon.
Parler now faces multiple obstacles. If it doesn’t succeed in using Amazon’s servers, it will have to find another server, a lengthy process, with the disadvantage of not having the servers in Amazon’s technological infrastructure. And even if it survives that, what about the blockade in the App Store and Play Store that prevents people from downloading the app to their cell phones? Besides, will Parler survive the attack of Big Tech in terms of reputation and financial issues? How many investors will want to support Parler and turn against the technology giants?
The powerful union between Democrats and Big Tech
Big Tech has gone too far. They know that they have too much power and can even cut off the president and sink any company that is not on their side. However, there is a very important issue to be noted, all this is happening at a time when social networking companies now face serious antitrust demands.
However, they can likely avoid that problem now that Democrats control both the House and the presidency, this was the time to do what the Big Tech CEOs had always wanted and at the same time win the favor of the Democrats. If Republicans had kept the Senate, this would not have happened.
It appears that the Democrats and Big Tech have made a very powerful partnership. Together, the power they currently wield is unrivalled and must be challenged at all costs.
Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editor-in-chief of El American. Economist. Podcaster. Political and economic analysis of America. Colombian exile in the United States // Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editora en jefe de El American. Economista. Podcaster. Análisis político y económico de América. Colombiana exiliada en EE. UU.