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Parler will be offline by midnight Jan. 10 after Amazon yanked the free-speech social media platform off its web hosting service this weekend.

“Recently, we’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms” the company notified Parler in an email published by BuzzFeed news.

The Saturday announcement followed decisions from Apple and Google to kick Parler from their own app stores, claiming similar infractions of their terms of service, branding Parler as a haven for extremism in the wake of Jan. 6’s capitol chaos. The moves mark a major escalation of big tech’s long-coming purge of online voices competing with the leftist world order of Silicon Valley, where the California ruling class has capitalized on Wednesday’s unrest to silence opposition, ban the president from the 21st-century public square, and eliminate all alternatives.

No such widespread censorship was cast upon leftist elites who encouraged the repeated outbreak of deadly riots last year, because they came from leftists. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris encouraged her supporters to bail out the Minneapolis rioters with donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, but the California senator wasn’t de-platformed across networks. In fact, her post remains unblocked on Twitter.

“In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence,” a Google spokesperson released in a statement Friday. “All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months. We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.”

Apple made the same claims, demanding the growing social media platform implement Apple’s moderation policies.

“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activist,” Apple said in a company statement. “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”

It remains unclear, however, whether the companies de-platforming Parler and leaking stories to BuzzFeed reporters have issued the same threats to Facebook and Twitter, which each hosted extremist activity in the runup to the capitol riot. Facebook and Twitter have not responded to The Federalist’s inquiries, nor has Apple, Google, or Amazon.

It’s incontrovertible that Facebook and Twitter fostered right-wing extremist activity in the run-up to Wednesday’s political turmoil. Yet only Parler is being banned by tech companies.

Parler co-owner Dan Bongino told The Federalist as Apple prepared to de-platform the website Friday that Parler served as no more a forum to incite violence than Facebook and Twitter do.

“We have clear terms of service, like anyone else,” Bongino said, pointing to a jury system that allows users to report questionable content. “Anything that violates our terms of service, we take down. But we’re not a publisher, we’re a platform.”

The line between platforms and publishers — the former serving as an objective online public square fostering the free exchange of ideas and the latter responsible for subjective content moderation — has eroded as accurate descriptions of Facebook and Twitter, which selectively ban content that opposes the companies’ political interests. Their roles as publishers came to full fruition when they weaponized their monopoly over internet discourse to suppress stories implicating then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in his son’s corrupt business ventures.

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By holding Parler responsible for content its users post, Apple, Google, and Amazon are effectively waiving their legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which bars platforms from third-party liability. In other words, Apple, Google, and Amazon are erasing Parler’s protections through corporate collusion that they benefit from themselves.

Parler CEO John Matze derided the corporate tech decisions as “a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place.”

Promotion of political violence has been justified, excused, or even endorsed by the left when the causes fit their alarmingly anti-American interests. Twitter has hosted and continues to host calls to violence and unrest from leftists.

It’s fine when threats of violence come from leftist elites. It’s terrorism when it comes from the right. Or course neither is acceptable, but only one provokes censorship.

“Anyone who doesn’t tow the liberal line, they are now at open war with,” Bongino told The Federalist, warning that if Parler fails, there will never be another app that can operate as an open public square. “This is about having a public square where people can speak free of the surveillance state.”



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Convicted fundraiser who tried to work his way into Biden’s inner circle sentenced to prison

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Amajor Democratic bundler, who raised large sums for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and consorted with Joe Biden, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for what prosecutors said was a “mercenary” political influence scheme.

Imaad Zuberi, a Californian businessman was sentenced Thursday for schemes to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, then take millions of dollars for himself.

The Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O’Brien said Zuberi was “purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding.”

Among the many unsealed court records, Zuberi was seen photographed with Joe Biden and Barack Obama when they were Vice President and President. He was also pictured with former President Bill Clinton and former presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. He took pictures with former Republican Rep. Paul Ryan when he was speaker of the House as well as the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Also included in the Times report was a hacked email chain released on WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook messaged colleagues saying, “I’m OK taking the money and dealing with any attacks.” Jennifer Palmieri responded saying, “Take the money!”

He also attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City in 2016 as well as serving as a co-chair of The Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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Zuberi made more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain and others. Zuberi’s activities extended as far as a recent attempt to work his way into the Biden circle, according to Politico.  

In addition to the money he made, Zuberi also raised $270,000 for Hillary Clinton and $1.3 million for President Obama.

Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty to a “three-count information charging with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)” for making false statements on a FARA filing as well as tax evasion and illegal contributions to political campaigns. He also pleaded guilty in a separate case earlier in June 2020 to a count of obstruction of justice.

“Zuberi turned acting as an unregistered foreign agent into a business enterprise,” Assistant Attorney General for National Secretary John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice news release.

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he flew earlier this week to Mexico with family members, following the emergence of pictures appearing to show him in an airplane cabin and at a check-in counter, as fellow residents to recover from a deadly winter storm.

Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

“Wanting to be a good dad,” said Cruz, who also stated he is returning to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz also said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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