By J. D. Heyes, NewsTarget
(NationalSentinel) During a week in which the social media behemoths have been under fire in Congress and from disgusted Americans angry about Googleâ€™s purposeful censoring of conservative, pro-Trump voices with the objective of stealing the 2020 election for a Democrat, Apple flew under the radar for its own bias and censorship.
Until now, that is.
As reported byÂ The Gateway Pundit, Apple has threatened to boot social media company â€œParlerâ€ off its massive app store platform if they continue refusing to remove â€œoffensiveâ€ comment â€” which, of course, is nothing but a dog whistle that means â€œconservativeâ€ content.
Parler, a First Amendment platform that many view as a viable alternative to Twitter, was founded by John Matze. He revealed this week that Apple officials contacted him more than a week ago by phone to inform him that he has to ban â€˜offensiveâ€™ content or see his platformÂ deplatformedÂ by the tech giant.
â€œObviously by offensive, they mean conservative content,â€ MatzeÂ wrote in a Parler post.
â€œWe flat out refused and now we cannot push updatesâ€ to the app, he added. â€œTwitter is exempt from this clause as they generate more hatred than any platform in history.â€
Apple has done the same thing to other companies â€” removed their app from the App Store over â€œoffensiveâ€ (conservative) content. That includes the Natural News app, in which Apple banned updates, rendering it essentially moot and ineffective.Â
In addition,Â as Natural News has reported, Apple banned a Christian app because its teachings about homosexuality were deemed â€œdangerous.â€ The app was removed after Left-wing anti-Christian groups convinced (which didnâ€™t take long) Apple officials that the teaching of traditional family groups, traditional marriage, and traditional relationships just couldnâ€™t be tolerated.
The affected organization, Living Hope Ministries, is anything but the â€œhate groupâ€ it was portrayed to be. The app, in particular, was aimed at helping people who were struggling with their feelings and with their faith. â€œHelp people understand who they are in Christ,â€ said Ricky Chelette, the ministryâ€™s executive director. â€œWe only help those individuals who are seeking us.â€
As for Parler, itâ€™s community guidelines state:
Parler desires to stand behind the definition of free speech as laid out in the United States Constitution in order to firmly and clearly state the type of communication that is allowed and that is prohibited within our platform. All users have full control over their account(s) to create and sustain conversations within accepted legal boundaries. Free speech allows users to express themselves on their own profile and spread their message to their followers but it also allows users to avoid speech they do not want to see by blocking/banning or muting content they do not want to see.
Currently, social media companies are protected under the Communications Decency Act, Section 320, which defines them not as publishers who can be liable for content posted but as merely platforms for posted content.
However, by being selective about what kind of content can and cannot be posted to their platforms, the social media behemoths are acting just like publishers and, therefore, ought to be treated as such. If they were, they could be held liable for many violations of speech and content regulations, as well as unconstitutional behavior (like banning people for their political views).
Clearly, some Republicans are getting fed up with the actions of the far-Left tech giants and their purposeful targeted bias against Right-leaning politicians, content, and commentators, as evidenced by the grilling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and a House colleague from his state,Â Rep. Dan Crenshaw, gave representatives from the social media companies this week.
The problem is, as a Project Veritas undercover investigation revealed this week, nothing short of forcing these companies to treat users fairly will get them to change their practices.
- A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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