Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro likened the technology companies’ severing ties with Parler, a right-wing social networking platform, to the Kristallnacht attack that destroyed Jewish communities in Nazi Germany on Monday. During an appearance on Fox & Friends, the conservative television host discussed Parler’s recent deplatforming.
“Well, look, they gave us a taste of this pre-election when they suppressed the Hunter Biden story,” Pirro said first. Here, she seemed to reference Twitter and Facebook‘s decisions to restrict further dissemination of an October New York Post report, which claimed to detail email correspondence between President-elect Joe Biden‘s son and a Ukrainian business partner in 2015. Both companies regulated how users could share the article on their respective platforms, citing fact-checking concerns and doxing policies. The Post‘s article was met with widespread skepticism, and many questioned the accuracy of its reporting.
“And now that they’ve won, what we’re seeing is a kind of censorship that is akin to a Kristallnacht, where they decide what we can communicate about,” Pirro continued in her Monday remarks, drawing a comparison between Parler’s shutdown and the organized hate crime that led to at least 91 deaths during the years leading up to the Holocaust.
Kristallnacht, which translates to “the night of broken glass,” is remembered as an infamous 1938 Nazi attack targeting Jewish residences and establishments throughout Germany, Austria, and German-occupied portions of former Czechoslovakia. Jewish businesses, homes, schools, hospitals and synagogues were defaced or demolished.
Parler’s departure from the internet space was finalized early Monday morning, after Amazon suspended the app from its web hosting services. The technology company said its decision followed the identification of 98 posts shared to the social platform that promoted violence.
“Recently, we’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms. It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service,” said Amazon Web Services personnel in an email notifying Parler of the decision. Buzzfeed News originally obtained and reported the email’s contents earlier this week. An Amazon spokesperson verified the reported email in comments to Newsweek Monday.
Parler, billed as a “free speech” platform devoid of censorship, became a home for far-right social media users previously banned from traditional networks, like Twitter and Facebook, for rule violations. Its suspension from Amazon’s hosting service does not necessarily mean it will remain offline permanently. Securing a new web hosting agreement would allow Parler to become active again.
The app’s suspension from Amazon trailed its removal from app stores operated by Google, Amazon and Apple in the aftermath of last Wednesday’s riots at the U.S. Capitol. Donald Trump‘s supporters, many of whom are prominent Parler users, stormed the federal complex during an uprising that disturbed the nation. Some individuals who participated in the riots coordinated through Parler.
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Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro Compares Parler Deplatforming to Nazis’ Kristallnacht The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Newsweek.