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Amazon quickly killed Parler—but was slower to remove ‘Kill All Republicans’ shirt

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Amazon sells almost everything on its website, from pie crusts to iPhones. The exhaustive catalog even includes dozens of violent and grotesque messages on clothing—including, until recently, a shirt displaying the slogan, “Kill All Republicans.”

Note that Parler was removed from Amazon Web Services—effectively taking the Twitter-alternative offline and potentially keeping it down forever—for the following reason: “A steady increase in this violent content on your website,” according to an email sent from Amazon to Parler, obtained by Buzzfeed.

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It seems Amazon’s own site has its own violent content to worry about.

The black and red shirt, sold by Florence & Partner, was first made available on Amazon on August 2, according to an archived version of the t-shirt sale page. It was recently taken down.

There are, however, hundreds of examples of shirts with terrible messaging that were/are available on Amazon. See a list published by LifeSiteNews here.

Products included a “Where is Lee Harvey Oswald now that we really need him?” shirt, a flag showing President Trump shooting himself, dozens of ACAB merchandise, and a shirt with the saying “hospitalize your local fascist” with a bloody knife—as reported by LifeNews.

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The Amazon Terms of Service reads, “Amazon does not allow products that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views. We’ll also remove listings that graphically portray violence or victims of violence.”

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The giant company owns around 33 percent of the worldwide cloud infrastructure market—giving it the ability to tank Parler during a season that would have been massive for the free speech application.

As previously reported by this site, Parler went offline on Jan. 11 because of its lack of censorship and moderation on the platform. This came after Google and Apple removed the app from their app stores.

“Over the past several weeks, we’ve reported 98 examples to Parler of posts that clearly encourage and incite violence,” an email from Amazon Web Services to Parler reads. “It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service. It also seems that Parler is still trying to determine its position on content moderation.”

While Parler is scrabbling to find another provider to get the necessary infrastructure to get online, Amazon is taking its time taking down violent shirts and objects from its own site.

You can follow Ben Wilson on Twitter @BenDavisWilson

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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