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Parler will go offline starting tonight until it finds a new internet host

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The increasingly popular social media site Parler has come under attack from big tech in the past two days since President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was suspended permanently Friday. Just as a conservative exodus to Parler began, Google Play and Apple pulled the app from their stores and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced they will no longer host the site—Parler is expected to go offline tonight and for possibly up to a week.

An AWS representative emailed Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff Saturday, as reported by Buzzfeed, notifying her that the app would be taken offline Sunday at midnight because AWS has “seen a steady increase in this violent content on [Parler], all of which violates our terms.”

Amazon appears to blame Parler for allowing the planning of the Jan. 6 capitol disaster and other violent events on its platform.

“Over the past several weeks, we’ve reported 98 examples to Parler of posts that clearly encourage and incite violence,” the email 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.”

As a result of Parler’s lack of censorship, the site will come down tonight until a new web host brings the site back to its millions of users. This is far more severe than Google or Apple pulling the app from their stores as AWS runs the entire system—so now the infrastructure of the app is gone.

Parler CEO John Matze wrote on the app Saturday night that “there is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch.”

He credits the coordinated attack by big tech with Parler’s quick success amid Twitter cracking down on conservatives more aggressively than ever before—including the suspension of accounts run by President Trump, Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, and Team Trump.

So until Parler enacts a policy for content moderation or makes a deal with another internet provider, it will go offline.

Google Play was the first to revoke Parler of its place in its app store.

“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 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.”

Apple soon followed suit, calling fro “adequate measures” to be taken.

“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity,” Apple said in a statement. “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.”

Users will not be able to download Parler now on these systems—but this won’t be the biggest issue since the entire site will be down until the free-speech platform finds a new host.

You can follow Ben Wilson on Twitter @BenDavisWilson 

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NYC bill trying to repeal ‘sanctuary city’ laws put in place by liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio

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New York lawmakers are introducing a bill this week to undo “sanctuary city” laws approved from 2014-2018 under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. Council members Robert Holden (D-Queens) and Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The New York Post they’ll introduce the bill Thursday.

Among the laws to be reversed include the prohibiting of the NYPD, and Correction and Probation departments from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the cases involve suspected terrorists or serious public safety risks. It would also reverse rules prohibiting city agencies from partnering with ICE to enforce federal immigration laws.

“Sanctuary city laws put all New Yorkers, both immigrants and longtime residents, in danger by preventing the NYPD and DOC from working with ICE,” said Holden, a moderate Dem. “We do not need to import criminals, and only 23 years since 9/11, we have forgotten the deadly consequences of poor interagency communication. We must repeal these laws immediately.”

“Like most things in New York, sanctuary city policy is a social experiment gone off the rails,” said Borelli. “All the problems with these local laws came out during the public-hearing process, but the Council just stepped harder on the gas pedal.”

In February, Mayor Eric Adams called for the rules to be loosened so migrants “suspected” of “serious” crimes could also be turned over to ICE — as they once were under sanctuary city policies implemented as early as 1989 under ex-mayors Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg.

Among public reasons for the push is the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.  If it wasn’t for the sanctuary city policies, Riley is among other deaths that could have been prevented if the policies were not in place, Holden and other critics have said.

The 22-year-old was found dead Feb. 22 on the University of Georgia’s campus, six months after her alleged killer Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, was arrested in Queens and charged with endangering a child.

The Post explains of the case:

The NYPD had no choice but to cut the Venezuelan-born Ibarra loose — instead of turning him over to federal immigration officials — because he didn’t have any major crime convictions.

Council Speaker Adrienne Adams shot down the mayor’s idea just one day later, saying she and the rest of the Council’s progressive Democratic majority wouldn’t be considering any rule changes. The bill introduced this week is also likely to face objections from the Council’s left-wing Democratic majority.

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