Commentary

How Silicon Valley, in a Show of Monopolistic Force, Destroyed Parler – Glenn Greenwald

(GLENN GREENWALD) January 12, 2020

Critics of Silicon Valley censorship for years heard the same refrain: tech platforms like Facebook, Google and Twitter are private corporations and can host or ban whoever they want. If you don’t like what they are doing, the solution is not to complain or to regulate them. Instead, go create your own social media platform that operates the way you think it should.

The founders of Parler heard that suggestion and tried. In August, 2018, they created a social media platform similar to Twitter but which promised far greater privacy protections, including a refusal to aggregate user data in order to monetize them to advertisers or algorithmically evaluate their interests in order to promote content or products to them. They also promised far greater free speech rights, rejecting the increasingly repressive content policing of Silicon Valley giants.

Source: https://greenwald.substack.com/p/how-silicon-valley-in-a-show-of-monopolistic?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjo4OTQyNTc0LCJwb3N0X2lkIjozMTI4NTY5NywiXyI6Im9XWndRIiwiaWF0IjoxNjEwNDY0Mzg3LCJleHAiOjE2MTA0Njc5ODcsImlzcyI6InB1Yi0xMjg2NjIiLCJzdWIiOiJwb3N0LXJlYWN0aW9uIn0.KIJzjNp3O_3zrFwK-BsfpjOH_UdZQEqPrCgKcJB3SBc