uspol, techlash 

[Parler did] exactly what Silicon Valley defenders long insisted should be done: if you don’t like the rules imposed by tech giants, go create your own platform with different rules.

But today, if you want to use Parler, you will be unable to do so… because three Silicon Valley monopolies — Amazon, Google and Apple — abruptly united to remove Parler from the internet, exactly [when] it became the most-downloaded app in the country.

greenwald.substack.com/p/how-s

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uspol, techlash 

see also: Google nuking fediverse clients over "moderation concerns"

this sword very much cuts both ways and all the MSNBCoid liberals cheering it... well I suppose because they have essentially nothing interesting to say, they don't have much to fear until such time as the winds change and suddenly pandering to the MSNBCoid demographic is no longer so good for tech companies' quarterly earnings.

uspol, techlash 

"If one were looking for evidence to demonstrate that these tech behemoths are, in fact, monopolies that engage in anti-competitive behavior in violation of antitrust laws, and will obliterate any attempt to compete with them in the marketplace, it would be difficult to imagine anything more compelling than how they just used their unconstrained power to utterly destroy a rising competitor."

uspol, techlash 

@deutrino Parler needed to die. This is just basic consequences for your actions type stuff. If you make violent platforms you'll get deplatformed by people who dislike that.

uspol, techlash 

@artemis I think it drives conservatives (and right-wing extremists) headlong into decentralized tech, when before they were still wasting their time building platforms weak to censorship & corporate malfeasance.

imo, that situation was a tactical advantage for people playing a long game against conservatism. now it's been curtailed.

if I was conservative my ass would be spending this weekend learning *everything* about the decentralized social media ecosystem. 🤷🏻

uspol, techlash 

@artemis by the way and to be clear, I'm not saying you're wrong about Parler - I'm just thinking ahead to unintended consequences, particularly with such a dramatic demonstration that giant unaccountable megacorps can collaborate to issue an internet death penalty in just a day or two (once Democrat control of the tech regulatory environment for the next two years was assured by elections in Georgia).

uspol, techlash 

@deutrino Decentralized social media was the norm for conservatives before centralized social media though. Were you not around for the 90s and 00s online?

uspol, techlash 

@deutrino What I'm trying to say is that what you're worried about is a system that never worked nearly as well for them as centralized social media did, and so them being de-platformed back into the decentralized zone is good for everyone.

uspol, techlash 

@artemis I'm not sure I agree, on the theory that dozens of decentralized metastases isn't necessarily better than one large tumor for regulatory forces to focus on.

I have seen some research which makes me understand your point tho. either way, we are about to find out.

uspol, techlash 

@deutrino Fair point. You've given me a lot to think about so thanks for the discussion.

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