Verno wrote on Jan 11, 2021, 14:22:
The first amendment does not guarantee people the right to be an asshole on corporations platforms on the internet. It guarantees you the right to speak your opinion, free from government interference and oppression. It does not guarantee that a corporation can host a titanic amount of hate speech under the guise of "conservative views" and that other corporations have to do business with them. Parler is dangerous and companies do not want any part of a platform that doesn't even make a modicum of effort to police itself.
Furthermore, the federal government should not impose that private companies are required to give a megaphone to individuals that break their TOS and spew dangerous rhetoric because they arbitrarily deem that person essential for political conversation. Yes Trump is still technically president, but he's also a traitor that will likely either flee the country or spend some time in prison.
Everything that Twitter has done to bring attention to misinformation is what Parler says they will not moderate. Because they will inevitably be a source of stories about Hillary Clinton drinking the blood of children (and other lovely conspiricies), tech companies are understandably going on the offensive and shutting it down.
I think big tech has been absent for too long on these issues, but now that there's less money to be made from these hooligans, they are willing to take drastic measures. It's disgustingly late, but at least it's finally happening.