If you’ve ever doubted the power of big social media companies, then surely the collapse of Parler’s site on Monday may show you something.
Like everyone else, I checked my social media page to see what would happen after 11:59 Pacific Pacific time in the United States.
That’s the potential promise Amazon has made to Parler’s software, which it says seeks out its backbone before it sticks out with it for spreading provocative information.
This is seen as an important moment in the efforts of major US technology companies to prevent Donald Trump and extremist supporters from using social media following the protests in the House of Representatives. of Capitol Hill last week.
It is twelve o’clock and nothing has happened. With me and millions of other Parler site users we continue to use it as usual. But as soon as you say goodbye, the users of the site start having problems sending information. It was about 12:10, when everything stopped working.
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As a blink of an eye, Parler’s site, which has a large number of users and is seen as more of a Twitter platform for commenting, has stopped working. For the time being.
Parler may have a new company to back it up but losing Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s largest provider of Internet services, means other companies like it could turn their backs on Parler.
It is nothing new
Technology researcher Stephanie Hare says this is not the first time a major U.S. technology company has removed a social networking site for such a reason.
“Amazon’s action against Parler is nothing new, as we have seen US companies such as Cloudfare remove the messaging sites on The Daily Stormer for white supremacists in 2017 and 8Chan in 2019 after “A gunman used the site to send messages before attacking El Paso, Texas,” she said.
AWS is not the only one to take action against Parler. Google and Apple have also deleted the page from their software purchase pages. This is nothing new.
Gab, a site that claims to allow people to express their views but has been accused of being a fan base for extremists, has also been deleted from the app store for buying software. The site can be accessed not through software but by browsing the Internet. It is also said to be gaining more users in recent days.
As part of the removal of sites linked to the attack on the U.S. House of Representatives, Twitter on Monday announced that it had removed more than 70,000 sites linked to Donald Trump’s QAnon followers.
Meanwhile, Facebook has said it will remove all posts containing “Stop the Steal” – a slogan used by Mr Donald Trump over allegations of electoral fraud last November.
But what is unusual is how the President is treated.
Since Mr. Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol last week, he has been banned from using some of the major social networking sites including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitch.
Youtube deleted some of his videos but was warned that he was given one last chance.
European leaders including the President of Germany. Angela Merkel, described the move as a problem.
European Commission Commissioner Thierry Breton described the crisis on Capitol Hill as a “9/11 attack on social media”. “If the president of Twitter can fire the president of the United States, there is a big problem,” he said.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock says social media is now taking the wrong steps.
Alexei Navalny, a Russian politician and a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, linked Mr Trump’s ban on Twitter to a crackdown on dissent.
He posted a message on his Twitter account: “Banning Donald Trump from using Twitter is inappropriate. Twitter is definitely a private company, but we have seen many examples in Russia and China where such companies have become government allies if The issue of freedom of expression has been raised. ”
Cholera has changed social media
The fact of the matter is that social networking sites are private companies. Just as a non-governmental organization will set its own rules for its members, so will Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook or Jack Dorsey of Twitter.
One important rule is to give priority to messages published by politicians, especially in public discourse.
So sites including Facebook and Twitter have said they will raise the profile of celebrities like the President of the United States when it comes to violating users’ rules.
But since the outbreak of the cholera epidemic things have changed dramatically and companies are keeping a close eye on world leaders.
In March last year, Facebook and Twitter deleted messages from Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro containing corneal information.
It was only in May that Twitter took a similar step against the US President when he issued a warning in front of a message published by the President, in which Twitter said the message supported violence.
Donald trump sent a message in connection with the Black Lives Matter protests saying:
“If the theft starts in the shops, we will start shooting the protesters.”
Social media commentator Matthew Navarra says Mr. Trump’s ban on social media has set a precedent for who will use the pages and messages to be published.
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Some commentators believe that the measure could be a catalyst for social media monitoring across the globe.
On Monday, Facebook announced that it had deleted some pages related to the Ugandan government that were allegedly being used to prepare for the upcoming elections.
Attorney Whitney Merrill thinks the move will make a difference on social media.
“Social networking rules are slowly changing. But they are not being used properly around the world. I think removing the president could be a way to get rid of such behavior across the globe.”
In his last hours on Twitter, Mr. Trump once again accused a section of U.S. law, section 230 of “prohibiting” free speech. During his tenure, he threatened to repeal a law that protects social networking sites from being held accountable for what users post.
Many people think that removing this protection could hinder the ability to express an opinion because sites have to start monitoring more than they do now.
President-elect Joe Biden has said he would like to repeal the law to increase surveillance and prevent the spread of falsehoods.
In a final message published by Mr. Trump, he said he was in talks with other sites and would make “an important announcement soon.”
If recent events could be anything to go by, Mr. Trump and his supporters are facing a battle with lawmakers and major technology companies before they can find a place on social media.