Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) called on the Justice Department to open a RICO investigation after tech companies banned Parler.
Rep. Devin Nunes calls for a RICO investigation into tech companies over banning Parler and complains that Republicans can no longer communicate. In other words, where can a Republican go to achieve the violent overthrow of the government without a parler? pic.twitter.com/QaHz0g0Vzt
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 10, 2021
As a result, for an American there is no longer a free and open social media company or website because these big companies, Apple, Amazon, Google, which they have just destroyed, destroyed them. Parler’s probably a billion dollar company, crap, it’s gone. Republicans have no way of communicating. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Conservative, if you don’t want to be regulated by leftists on Instagram, they can choose what is violent and non-violent. It is absurd.
I don’t know where the hell the Department of Justice is or the FBI. This is clearly a violation of antitrust law, civil rights and the RICO statute. There should be a thorough investigation of all those who coordinated this attack not just on one company but on everyone like us, like me, like you, Maria. I have 3 million followers on Parler. Tonight I will no longer be able to communicate with these people and they are American. Unlike the fake social media sites, we know everyone who is on Parler is because they are certified. It’s a very secure platform indeed, and if you break the Parler Act, the FBI can subpoena to find out who these people are.
Private companies that decide they want nothing to do with a website where people congregate to plan violent attacks on the United States government are free market capitalism and not antitrust violations.
All of these companies gave Parler an opportunity to clean up their activity to stay on their platforms and they declined so Parler won’t be available through Apple or Google and their Amazon web hosting.
MP Nunes sees a violation of free speech where everyone else sees a place where domestic terrorists congregate.
The abuse of the instinct for power is a reflex in the Republican Party that Trump will leave behind. Republicans are no longer the party of small government and the free market. They are authoritarians who want to trample capitalism in the name of free speech.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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