Parler has been knocked offline for not moderating threats. Screenshots show what Capitol riot supporters posted before, during, and after the unrest.

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As the social media world cracks down on election disinformation and the violence it helped foment at last week’s US Capitol riot, Parler was knocked offline early Monday by Amazon’s web hosting service.

Parler, which is favored by right-wing politicians — and some extremist groups — was a last holdout in allowing posts that supported Wednesday’s violence. Those posts, some 2,000 marked with the hashtag #stormthecapitol, form the timeline of an insurrection that shook democracy, and the world.

Amazon yanked web hosting out from under the social media platform as criticism mounted that Parler failed to moderate dangerous threats to the government. Apple, which dumped Parler from its App Store, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also said those posts were dangerous, and should not be visible.

Parler disagrees, and says it is a last bastion of free speech as the social media world shuts down President Donald Trump and other figures posting election fraud claims.

Parler CEO John Matze did not respond to requests for comment, but posted on the platform that “There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. We prepared for events like this.”

He said in another post that his platform “brings two people with conflicting ideas together. Our mission is free speech, democracy and us the people having the power.” He told Insider in November that he believed the mainstream press did not tell the truth about his platform’s mission to provide uncensored content to the public.

Parler posts about the Capitol riot are at the heart of arguments over how the riot took shape, the role social media played in it, free speech, and what the country faces next. They have disappeared from public view, at least temporarily, as Parler finds another web-hosting home in the cloud.

It should also be noted that many Parler posts opposed the violence, believed the rioters should be prosecuted, and used the platform to decry the event. Many others, however, were unmoderated support for the rioters.

How bad did those posts get, and what is the story they tell of a rebellion that killed five people, damaged the Capitol, and gravely alarmed a jittery American people?

Here is a chance to decide for yourself as Parler perhaps goes dark, at least briefly.

Insider combed through thousands of the site’s posts to piece together a diary of the riot that shook democracy, and the world. We are only showing full images of posts from public figures’ verified accounts, and are quoting or redacting others.

‘The tyranny will cease when the elites fear for their lives.’

Placards were posted online and on Parler weeks in advance of the January 6 riot pronouncing “THE GREAT BETRAYAL IS OVER” and “IF THEY WON’T HEAR US, THEY WILL FEAR US.”

Other posts leading up to the event also cited intimidation as a goal. The official account of a business posted on Parler that the Washington event would have an impact when “these elites start seeing …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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