Amid fears of Big Tech companies censoring alternatives to mainstream social media, companies like Google, Microsoft, and Comcast have publically donated to the inauguration fund for President-elect Joe Biden.
The Biden Inaugural Committee released a list of its donors Saturday who donated over $200 to the Jan. 20 festivities. The site does not specify the amounts, but according to campaign law, it will have to report the information within 90 days of the inauguration, as reported by Politico.
The full list is available here and shows hundreds of names and several companies funding the Biden/Harris swearing-in.
Other notable names include Qualcomm, Verizon, Comcast, Boeing, labor union IBEW, medical tech company Masimo Corporation, and health insurance company Anthem, Inc.
The inauguration ceremony is expected to take place in person at the Capitol but supporters are urged to stay home due to the pandemic.
This news comes at the same time that Google is taking down Parler, a free speech alternative to Twitter, from their Google Play store—demanding more censorship and moderation of content on the platform.
The site is notable for being a conservative go-to as many pro-Trump accounts are fleeing to Parler. Twitter crackdowns are increasing drastically on anyone “supporting violence,” or in other words, holding a different view of the world than Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
“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,” Google’s statement on pulling Parler read. “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 US….In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues.”
While companies are busy squashing conservative thought and platforms, they seem to find the time to cut checks for the incoming administration.
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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