Vicious Threats from Parler Users

A Twitter knockoff site, Parler, was introduced as a place for unfettered “free speech” and attracted a largely right-wing membership.

Amazon’s web service (AWS), which Parler used, shut down the Parler website on Sunday, January 11, 2021, announcing that Parler had violated Amazon’s terms of service.

Before Parler was shut down, a young 26-year old female computer hacker, with assistance from others, managed to download some 99% of Parler’s content. The contents include personal information about those who posted it.

Read more about the computer genius here.

Read more about some of the nasty shit posted on Parler here.

Read more about Parler’s founder here, and please note it was funded by Rebekah Mercer. The Mercers have provided funding to other right-wingers and right-wing efforts such as Breitbart.

Here are a couple of examples of Parler posts:

Whining About Sites LikeTwitter “Violating Free Speech Rights”?

Some (mostly right-wingers) are complaining about websites like Twitter and facebook violating free speech rights of their users.

The first amendment applies only to “free speech” suppression by government entities. It doesn’t apply to private companies.

Moreover, their complaints are often wrong.

Read this:

Everything pundits are getting wrong about this current moment in content moderation: An ongoing list

Group of State Department Officials Call for Consultations on Trump’s Removal

Second dissent cable directed at Pompeo also rebukes the secretary of state for not forcefully condemning the president.

The cable rebuked Pompeo for his “failure to issue a statement unequivocally acknowledging that President-Elect Biden won the 2020 election” and protested the “President’s incitement of insurrectionist violence against the United States.” Foreign Policy could not independently corroborate the number of officials who signed the cable, but one of the officials who signed it, speaking on condition of anonymity, said around 175 State Department officials, primarily lawyers, had signed on. 

Read the cable! (ForeignPolicy.com)

Republican Attorneys General Dark Money Group Organized Protest Preceding Capitol Mob Attack

The Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF), a 501(c)(4) arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), helped organize the protest preceding the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol that took place on January 6, 2021. 

As a 501(c)(4), RLDF is not required to reveal its donors. RLDF has received at least $175,000 from the Koch-backed Freedom Partners. Other RLDF donors include Judicial Crisis Network, the Rule of Law Project, and the Edison Electric Institute.

Documented

Twitter Users are Joy-Filled: Trump Has Been Suspended

From Twitter:

After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence. 

In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action. Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open. 

Shit Storm: Pro-Trump rioters smeared poop in U.S. Capitol hallways during belligerent attack

Some of the unhinged pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday defecated inside the historic building and “tracked” their feces in several hallways, the Daily News has learned.

The vile attackers, whose violent invasion of the Capitol left four people dead, apparently went No. 2 in a bathroom and then smeared their extremist excrement around the building, leaving behind brownish “foot-prints,” the source said.

“It looked like they tracked it around,” said the person.

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