John Matze, the CEO of Parler, the social network favoured by conservatives after the crackdown by big tech firms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google et el has hit out at big tech companies, accusing them of being “anti-competition” and “anti free speech”.
In a post made to the network on the eve of a shutdown by Amazon of its servers, Matze said:
“Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies.
This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. We were too successful too fast. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out.”
Unsurprisingly, senior Democrats have joined in the clamour to #PullParlier. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, something of a starlet on the radical left of the Democratic Party demanded action:
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 8, 2021
Meanwhile, Twitter accounts from the centre-right are all reporting losing mass numbers of followers. It seems like a mass clampdown on free speech and who knows where it will end.