By Duncan Smith
So, can they get back online, or…?
The big tech overlords conspired last week to take the only real competition they’ve had offline.
The reason? Parler is home to “right-wing extremist insurrectionists!”
And also, “The cave people who support Trump used Parler to plot the Capitol Building attack!”
Right. Like no one has ever used Facebook, Twitter, or some app in the Google Play store to plot something stupid and illegal.
At this point, we don’t know who plotted what on which platform.
What we do know, thanks to open source intelligence, is that Parler officials helped federal authorities identify a knucklehead who posted insurrectionist rhetoric on the platform, as well as a threat to kill Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).
The FBI received records from Parler to identify Eduard Florea, the person behind an account where a number of threats originated relating to elected officials and last week's violence at the Capitol, according to a Jan. 13 affidavit (pdf).
According to the complaint and statements made in court, Florea used the name 'LoneWolfWar' in running a social media account on Parler, which he used to post threatening statements online. These included remarks about killing a senator-elect and plans to travel to Washington 'as part of a group armed with firearms ready to engage in violence,' the Justice Department said.
Prosecutors stated that in one threat, Florea referred on Jan. 6 to newly-elected Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, writing: 'Dead men can't pass [expletive] laws.'
In another, Florea allegedly posted: 'The time for peace and civility is over . . . ./3 cars full of armed patriots are enroute from NY / 3 cars of armed patriots heading into DC from NY / Guns cleaned loaded . . . got a bunch of guys all armed and ready to deploy . . . we are just waiting for the word.'
'Its time to unleash some violence,' was another Jan. 6 remark prosecutors attributed to Florea.
What an idiot.
'Florea, a previously convicted felon, made various social media posts about his plan to travel to Washington D.C. to engage in acts of violence,' said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge, William Sweeney, in a statement.
'We saved him a trip and paid him a visit instead,' Sweeney said.
'For those of you out there with similar intentions, heed this warning—knock it off, or expect to see us at your door,' Sweeney said.
Yup. No doubt. Because if we want to tear our country apart, the best way to do it is to attack it.
As for Parler, well, platform officials shut down this lunatic’s account because that’s what should happen.
Platforms should not, however, silence political speech like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Google have done.
But beyond that, Parler’s actions and cooperation in alerting federal officials taken into account, is anyone in government going to take action against the tech overlords who have decided to ban their competitor in a very antitrust kind of way?
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