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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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TX Federal Judge takes ‘extraordinary’ step to ‘fast track’ ruling on Biden’s student loan forgiveness, forego trial

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Just The News reported on an “extraordinary move” by one Texas judge who is prepared to cancel President Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness payments.

U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman, a Trump appointee, says he is ready to decide the merits of Biden’s plan and skip the preliminary injunction and customary trial.

“U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman had been holding a hearing on a request from the small business group Job Creators Network’s legal arm on behalf of two plaintiffs to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Biden from enacting the debt relief until the legality of his executive order was decided” Just The News reports.

However, Pittman declared “in a five-sentence, one-page order that the government and plaintiff lawyers had made all the necessary arguments and that a trial would not elicit further evidence so he is ready to move to a judgement on the merits of the case.”

“Having held a hearing on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction and reviewed the related briefing, the Court intends to consolidate as it appears that the Parties have presented their case and no evidence of significance would be forthcoming at trial,” wrote Pittman.

Pittman said he was prepared to advance the preliminary objection request “to a determination on the merits” and gave the Justice Department and plaintiff lawyers until Friday to file any objections to his plan.

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